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Gryphon men place sixth in national championship

FREDERICTON, N.B. – The Guelph Gryphons completed their stay in the U Sports men’s curling championship tournament at Fredericton’s Aitken University Centre and the Capital Winter Club by splitting a pair of games Friday.

The Gryphs lost 10-2 in the morning draw to New Brunswick before edging the Laurier 6-5 in the afternoon draw.

The Gryphs finished the round-robin in sixth place. Alberta was first at 6-1 while Laurier and Dalhousie were both at 5-2, Regina was at 4-3, New Brunswick and the Gryphs were both at 3-4 and Saint Mary’s and Brock were both at 1-6.

Top four advanced to the semifinals.

After a scoreless first end in the morning match, New Brunswick scored three in the second end and led from then on. The Gryphs responded with two in the third but New Brunswick scored in four consecutive ends before the teams shook hands. The result broke the eventual tie between the two teams.

The Gryphs prevailed in a close match with Laurier by scoring one in the 10th and final end for the win. Laurier scored two in the first end and the Gryphs got that back with two in the fourth. Laurier scored one in the fifth to go ahead before they were overtaken by Guelph with two in the sixth. Laurier pulled even with one in the seventh, Guelph got one in the eighth and Laurier tied it again with one in the ninth.

Members of the Guelph squad coached by Steve Szymanski were skip Jayden King, vice Dylan Niepage, second Gavin Lydiate, lead Daniel Del Conte and alternate Carter Bryant.


  • Guelph Sports Journal