Hawks meet expectations at Brock Invitational to start the season

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Both the men’s and women’s Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawk curling teams excelled at the Brock Invitational tournament this past weekend.

The men’s and women’s teams picked up three wins each and finished with a respectable 3-1-1 record.

The men’s team started the tournament with a 6-6 draw against their cross town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors.

They followed that up with an emphatic 8-1 win against Rochester and that gave the Hawks all the momentum they needed to win their next game against Brock, winning by a final score of 4-1 which qualified them for the playoff round.

Laurier then faced Trent in the semi-final and the Hawks would continue to ride their momentum, winning 4-2 to qualify for the final against McMaster.

Unfortunately, the Hawks couldn’t cap off the invitational with a first place finish, as they would lose 5-6 to the Marauders.

The women’s team, coincidentally, also opened with a 6-6 draw against the Warriors. They would go on to lose their next matchup 5-6 against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, which resulted in them being put in the consolation bracket.

But the Hawks finished strong, as they picked up a 5-1 win against Brock, a 6-1 win versus McMaster and another 7-1 win against Brock to round off the invitational.

Both curling teams have a quick turnaround with the McMaster Invitational coming up this weekend in Kingston.

It’s important for the Hawks to keep piling up the good results and carry this momentum into the OUA championships happening next month.

Although it’s just the beginning of the Curling season, the Hawks seemed to have picked up right where they left off last year.

With a pair of former Golden Hawks, Brent Laing and John Morris, recently qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics, there should be no shortage of motivation for this team.

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