Vikings Men’s Curling earns national honours
Posted on March 29, 2016 by Jadene Mah
Medals, a prestigious award and another of our coaches earn national recognition!
The Augustana Vikings Men’s Curling Team returned this weekend from London, Ontario and Fanshawe College with shiny National Championship bronze medals. The good news didn’t end there! At the closing ceremonies, the team skipped by Brad Schroeder, with Colton Simard (3rd), Andrew Klassen (2nd) and Ben Bates (lead) were also honoured with the CCAA National Championship Fair Play Award for their outstanding sportsmanship on the ice.
In addition, Head Coach Roger Galenza was also honoured with the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s Curling Coach of the Year Award.
Greg Ryan, Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation at Augustana commented, “My congratulations to Coach Roger Galenza for his efforts in making our Curling program such a great representative for Augustana. To have earned a national medal and to have received the very prestigious Fair Play Award, this team truly demonstrates the ideals of great competition coupled with grace under pressure.” This is the second CCAA coach of the year for Augustana this season, as Vikings Golf Head Coach, Bill Penny was named CCAA Golf Coach of the Year in the fall.
In the second playoff tiebreaker on Saturday morning, the Augustana Vikings took on the Fleming Knights. In a back and forth game, the Vikings led 5-3 at the fifth end break, but the Knights had the hammer. The Vikings stole four over the next three ends and the Knights shook hands as Augustana led 9-3. The Vikings would battle it out against the Humber Hawks in the semi-final. The Hawks scored first in the third end and took a 1-0 lead but the Vikings came right back, scoring four in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Humber scored two in the next end but were down 4-3 to Augustana at the break. The teams went back and forth but the Vikings held a 6-4 lead with two ends to play. Humber came back in the ninth and scored two and then stole one in the tenth to make the come back and win 7-6, leaving the Vikings to take home the bronze medal. Adds Ryan, “a valiant effort by our team to play through not one, but two tiebreakers to get to the semi-final. The team skipped by Brad Schroeder lost in the 10th end by one rock. The team represented the campus tremendously well for the entire time that they competed London.”
The Hawks would then head to the final to take on the Sault Cougars. In a very tight contest, the score was just 2-2 at the fifth end break. Humber broke out for three in the sixth end and led 5-2 before stealing three more in the eighth to seal the deal. Humber would go on to win by a final score of 8-4. This marks the first ever Men’s Curling National Championship for the Humber Hawks.
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