ALMATY, Kazakhstan – Team Canada’s men’s curling team finished tied for fifth at the 2017 Winter Universiade after they posted a 4-5 record during round robin play, narrowly missing out on an opportunity to compete for a medal.
The team, made up of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks squad that captured gold at the 2016 CIS Championships, finished one win outside of playoff contention and finished even with South Korea and the United States in the standings.
Skip Aaron Squires of St. Thomas, Ont., and his Golden Hawks crew, featuring vice-skip Richard Krell of London, Ont., second Spencer Nuttall of Toronto, led Fraser Reid of Ancaster, Ont., and alternate Russell Cuddie of London, Ont., were officially ousted from the playoffs following an 8-4 loss to South Korea, before ending their competition with a 9-5 victory over Norway.
“We struggled this week. It’s a little disappointing. We would have liked to represent Canada a little better,” said Squires. “It’s just one of those weeks where breaks don’t go your way and the other teams are making everything. It’s unfortunate but those weeks happen. Probably could have been a little more preparation, we didn’t have much time as a team coming into the event. It’s disappointing, but we’ll be ok.”
Over the course of the event, Squires and his rink also posted victories over Russia, Japan and Kazakhstan while dropping games to Great Britain, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the United States.
Wilfrid Laurier rinks have now represented Canada four times at the biennial international multi-sport event. Squires and his fifth place finish mark the second-best finish for a Laurier squad, behind only the silver medal won by Hollie Nicol in 2009.
Mike Anderson and Laur a Crocker both led their rinks to sixth place finishes in 2009 and 2013 respectively.