BURLINGTON, Ont. - The following athletes have been named Investors Group Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Athletes of the Week for the period ending February 21, 2017.
MALE: Matt Hall (Kitchener, Ont.) – 2nd yr – Laurier Golden Hawks – Curling
Golden Hawks skip Matt Hall (Kitchener, Ont.) has been recognized with Investors Group OUA Male Athlete of the Week honours after he helped his hometown team capture their third consecutive OUA Men’s Curling Championship on Monday.
Hall, a second-year, fin. math major, led Laurier to a perfect 10-0 record this past weekend, including a pair of game-winning draws in elimination games. In the quarter-finals against the Carleton Ravens, the Kitchener, Ont. native he drew to the button in a 6-5 Laurier win.
However, his biggest shot of the championship came in the gold medal game as with Queen’s sitting three, Hall once again drew to the button to earn a 5-3 win for Wilfrid Laurier.
With their championship sweep, the Hawks have now won 22 consecutive games at the conference championship and became just the third team in OUA history to win three straight curling championships.
Hall and the Golden Hawks will now fly south as they’ll head to Thunder Bay, Ont. for the upcoming 2017 U SPORTS-Curling Canada University Championships, hosted by the Lakehead Thunderwolves, from March 18-22 at the Fort William Curling Club.
FEMALE: Sara Guy (Wahnapitae, Ont.) – 1st yr. – Laurentian Voyageurs – Curling
Laurentian second Sara Guy (Wahnapitae, Ont.) has been named the Investors Group OUA Female Athlete of the Week after leading the Voyageurs to their first conference title in program history this past weekend.
At the 2017 OUA Curling Championship, Guy, a first-year nursing student-athlete, led Laurentian to a 5-2 record in the round robin and a berth in the playoffs. After advancing past the Queen’s Gaels 7-6 in the quarter-finals, Guy and the Voyageurs cruised into the finals with a 8-1 victory over the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.
Taking on the Rams in the final, Laurentian opened with a deuce before Ryerson answered with two points of their own in the third end. Before the break, the Voyageurs extended their lead to 5-2. Both teams traded single points over the next three ends before Laurentian ran the Rams out of rocks in the eighth end for a 6-4 victory.
As a result of her strong play, the Wahnapitae, ON native was also named an OUA first-team all-star.
Next up, Guy and the Voyageurs will head north from Sudbury to Thunder Bay, Ont. for the 2017 U SPORTS-Curling Canada University Championships, hosted by the Lakehead Thunderwolves, from March 18-22 at the Fort William Curling Club.