Gold fever is catching in Muskieland.
One day after both Muskie hockey teams advanced to their respective all-Ontario championships, the Muskie girls’ curling team did the same yesterday after winning gold at the NWOSSAA showdown in Chapleau.
The rink of skip Hailey Beaudry, third Nicole Hartlin, second Erin Tomalty, and co-leads Tory and Anika Beaudry went 4-0 in the round-robin event to snare top spot and a berth at OFSAA on March 19-21 in Brampton.
“I think Hailey and the girls can do quite well at OFSAA,” said Muskie curling coach Ron Silver.
“They seem to be peaking at the right time.”
Beaudry’s crew is the first Muskie rink to qualify for OFSAA since Tirzah Keffer led the girls’ team to the provincials in 2010.
Despite getting to Chapleau with 15 minutes to spare after having their first game moved up four-and-a-half hours on Sunday, the Muskies prevailed 6-5 in an extra end over Sioux Lookout, which had beat them for NorWOSSA gold last week.
With likely their toughest foe in the five-team field out of the way, Beaudry and Co. cruised from there with three wins yesterday.
Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute (Thunder Bay) was the first to fall by a 7-3 count, with the Muskies then crushing Manitouwadge 13-0.
With an OFSAA berth one win away, Beaudry’s team sealed the deal with a 9-7 triumph over a combined Nipigon/Red Rock rink.
“The girls are thrilled, just head over heels,” enthused Silver, who said the team should know its seeding and schedule in the 20-team OFSAA field by week’s end.
Meanwhile, the Muskie boys’ rink of skip Reece Jones, third Chris Silver, second Kurt McGuire, and co-leads Jason Bazylewski and Davis Jackson reeled in the bronze medal after a 12-2 thrashing of Ecole secondaire catholique Trillium (Chapleau).
Fort High dropped its opening game 7-3 to Red Lake on Sunday before whitewashing the host Chapleau High School 12-0 yesterday.
Later in the day, Jones’ rink thumped St. Ignatius (Thunder Bay) 6-1 but fell out of contention for gold with a 9-2 loss to Westgate Collegiate & Vocational School (Thunder Bay).
“In both losses for the boys, it was the same story,” noted Silver. “Just one bad end that cost us.
“But to bring home two medals from NWOSSAA is pretty good,” he added.