Matt Mapletoft's team Eliminated from CIS Curling Championships

Matt Mapletoft - Wallaceburg Curling on the Chatham-Kent Sports Network - Photo copyright Ryan Stewart

Matt Mapletoft - Photo by Ryan Stewart

Wallaceburg, ON – After being named the Wallaceburg Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year, it seemed that Matt Mapletoft had little left to accomplish this season. That isn’t however, how the Wilfrid Laurier curling skip saw things. After falling in the OUA Championships, Mapletoft and his Wilfird Laurier team set their sights on a CIS title

Competing in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Mapletoft’s Laurier Golden Hawks fell in game 1 to the Memorial Sea Hawks 8-3. In the second men’s draw. Although they were close in game two, Mapletoft’s Golden Hawks lost again, this time at the hands of the Trent Excalibur 6-5, on a single point in the 10th end.

In draw 3, Laurier and Matt Mapletoft notched their first mark in the win column by defeating Saskatchewan 7-5. The team continued their winning ways in  draw 4, downing the Saint Mary’s Huskies 7-4. Following this third game, despite his team sitting second last in the overall standings, Wallaceburg’s Matt Mapletoft was the top ranked skip in the CIS curling championships.

In draw 5, Laurier again experienced a close loss, falling 6-5 to the Manitoba Bison after holding a 6-5 lead heading into the ninth end. Following draw 6, a trend began to emerge as WLU was again defeated 6-5, this time by the Alberta Golden Bears.

Finally in the 7th draw, Mapletoft and his Wilfrid Laurier teammates began to turn things around beating their OUA rivals, the Guelph Gryphons 9-8 in extra ends.

Unfortunately for Mapletoft, his team’s 3-4 record would not be enough to advance to the semi-finals, and they were eliminated from CIS contention.

Continue to follow the Chatham-Kent Sports Network for an interview with Matt Mapletoft.

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