Pair of wins vaults Wesmen to top of pack

Robert Gordon, left, and Kyle Doering sweep during Day 2 action at the U SPORTS men's curling championship on Sunday in Leduc, Alta.
Robert Gordon, left, and Kyle Doering sweep during Day 2 action at the U SPORTS men's curling championship on Sunday in Leduc, Alta.

BY DAVID LARKINS, Wesmen Athletics

The Winnipeg Wesmen made moves Sunday at the U SPORTS men's curling championship.

The Wesmen scored a pair of victories, knocking off the Dalhousie Tigers 5-4 in an extra end in a morning draw, and defeating the Brock Badgers 9-5 in a late draw to move into a three-way tie for first place after two days of action.

The Wesmen, who split their games Saturday, moved to 3-1 heading into Monday action when they will face the Ryerson Rams (1-2) in the morning before a key clash with 3-1 Alberta at night.

In the 2 p.m. draw, the Wesmen had to work overtime to get their second win of the event.

The Wesmen scored a single in the extra end to break a tie after Dalhousie equalized with a single of its own in the 10th.

The Wesmen, who had last rock in the first, scored the game's first point to lead 1-0 after one, then gave up a deuce in the second. The Wesmen blanked the third and got those two points back with a double in the fourth for a 3-2 lead.

After Dalhousie pulled even with a single in the fifth, the Wesmen employed some strategy in blanking the sixth and seventh ends to carry the last rock into the eighth, where they added one to go ahead 4-3.

The Wesmen curled 85 per cent for the game, while Dalhousie curled at 87 per cent. Lead Rob Gordon was the most efficient for U of W, curling 91 per cent for the game.

Winnipeg sealed its second win of the day with a steal of three in the ninth of the 10 p.m. draw against the OUA's Brock Badgers.

The Wesmen scored two in the seventh and stole one in the eighth before the game-clinching steal of three.

Winnipeg used last rock in the first end to score a deuce before Brock responded with a single in the second and a steal of two in the third.

After Winnipeg pulled even at 3-3 with a single in the fourth, the Badgers got a single of their own in the fifth and followed that with a steal of one in the sixth.

The Wesmen will face Ryerson in a 10 a.m. CT draw before a 6 p.m. meeting with the Golden Bears, their Canada West rivals who they beat at the western regional qualifying tournament last month.