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Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
L.U. curlers cop weekly award for the second time
by Randy Pascal

Krysta Burns became the second member of the Laurentian Voyageurs women's curling team to be named Investors Group OUA Female Athlete of the Week, following her rink's gold medal performance at nationals in Thunder Bay last month.

The second year forensic science student athlete followed in the footsteps of Sara Guy, who was recognized after being selected to the all-star team as Laurentian earned the right to represent Ontario, finishing first at the provincial championships a few weeks back.

The Voyageur women see-sawed their way through and up and down round robin performance at the all-Canada competition, before upending the Dalhousie Tigers 8-3 in the semi-final encounter. Facing off against their northern nemesis, the Lakeahead Thunderwolves in the final, Burns was tested early.

With the hometown favourites sitting four, Burns was forced to throw an outstanding in-off to grab the single in the very first end. Tied 2-2 coming out of the break, Burns took full advantage of a Lakehead miss, drawing to the rings for three in the sixth.

The Thunderwolves again clawed their way back, pulling to within one heading into the ninth end, when Burns converted on a free draw for two, giving Laurentian an eventual 7-4 victory.

Not only is this the first U SPORTS (formerly CIS) victory for the women’s curling program, but it was also the first national title for any Laurentian team since the 1990-91 season, when the women's basketball squad captured the second of their back-to-back titles.

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