Women’s curling loses heartbreaker in gold medal game

Coach Allison MacInnes, Ashley Nordin, Samantha Fisher, Erin Pincott and Corryn Brown took home a silver medal from the CIS national championships this past week. (TRU Athletics)

Coach Allison MacInnes, Ashley Nordin, Samantha Fisher, Erin Pincott and Corryn Brown took home a silver medal from the CIS national championships this past week. (TRU Athletics)

For the second year in a row the TRU women’s curling team came up just short in their pursuit of the ultimate goal of being the best in Canada. The ‘Pack lost the championship game 5–4 to the University of Alberta Pandas in an extra end.

For the TRU team of skip Corryn Brown, third Erin Pincott, second Samantha Fisher and lead Ashley Nordin the Pandas were an all-too-familiar opponent; it’s the same team that beat them by just one point to claim the gold medal in last year’s CIS curling championships.

The ‘Pack were strong throughout the round robin part of the tournament, finishing it with a record of five wins and two losses. One of those wins was an important 10–4 thrashing of the Pandas in the last game of the round robin. Scoring seven points in the last two ends to complete an epic comeback in that game, it looked like the ‘Pack had exorcised their Panda demons just in time for the medal round.

TRU matched up with the University of Dalhousie Tigers in the semi-finals and took control of the game right from the start. Scoring two points in multiple ends the game was never really in doubt as TRU cruised to a 7–4 victory. Both Fisher and Brown curled over 80 per cent in the game.

The victory led them to an exact rematch of the gold medal game from the year before, facing Kelsey Rocque and the Pandas all over again.

Rocque came into the game as not only the defending gold medallist but also having captured back-to-back silvers in 2013 and 2014.

The gold medal game was a tight affair with neither team scoring more than one point in any end throughout the game.

After a blank in the seventh end, the Panda’s took a 3–2 lead into the eighth. The ‘Pack would score a point in both the eighth and ninth ends to lead by one going into the tenth but couldn’t quite finish the Pandas off as Rocque scored one and forced an extra end with the game tied at four.

Holding the advantage of last shot in the extra end, everything appeared to be going TRU’s way, but a win was not meant to be as the Pandas stole a point and the gold medal right from the grasp of the ‘Pack.

The front end was strong for TRU in the gold medal game with Nordin and Fisher both curling over 80 per cent.

Nordin, Pincott and Brown were all named CIS first team all-stars, while Fisher earned a spot on the second all-star team.