Making it to the Brier is a long, drawn out, and difficult process.
On Sunday, Londoner Scott Mcdonald not only made it through that process, he conquered it.
McDonald skipped his rink to the Ontario Men’s Curling Championship with an 8-2 victory over John Epping to earn a spot in the 2019 Brier which is being held in Brandon, Man.
Brad Jacobs will once again represent Northern Ontario.
Rachel Homan captured the Ontario Women’s Curling Championship. She advances to the Scotties, which runs February 16 to 24, in Sydney, N.S.
Knights win sixth in a row
Riley Coome’s first goal in the Ontario Hockey League lifted the London Knights to a 4-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Budweiser Gardens. Coome’s blast from the blueline came with less than two minutes left in his 94th career game and broke a 2-2 tie. The Knights added an empty-netter to keep pace with the Ottawa 67’s in the overall standings. London is two points back of Ottawa with two games in hand. The Knights will be home to the Owen Sound Attack on Friday night at 7:30 Coverage on 980 CFPL will start at 6:30.
— Mike Stubbs (@stubbs980) February 3, 2019
Nationals a point back of Leamington
The Leamington Flyers have been living up to their name. Over their past 12 games, they have been flying. Leamington has won 11 of 12 and flew past the London Nationals and into first place in the GOJHL’s Western Conference. The Nationals have seven games remaining in their regular season. The Flyers have eight. London will be home to the St. Marys Lincolns on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Sports Centre at Western Fair District.
Lightning set for Express home and home
After winning one and losing two in Atlantic Canada, the London Lightning are back in Ontario for a home and home series this week with the Windsor Express. London is fifth in the Central Division, two games behind the K-W Titans. The two games against Windsor will be the start of four games in five days for the Lightning. They will be home to the Titans on Saturday afternoon and then home to Windsor again on Sunday afternoon.
Kovacevic headed to Italy
Londoner Jade Kovacevic will test her skills against some of the best female players in the world. She announced on her Instagram page Tuesday that she has signed a professional contract with AS Roma of Italy’s Serie B side. The team is called Roma Calcio Femminile. Kovacevic was named the CCAA Player of the Year in the fall with Fanshawe as she helped the Falcons to an undefeated season and a provincial championship. She also scored 26 goals in 16 matches in the summer playing in League 1 Ontario with FC London.
Mustang linebacker Nick Vanin honoured by Governor General
On January 30, Western Mustang linebacker Nick Vanin received one of the top academic honours available to a USports athlete. In a ceremony held in Ottawa, the graduate of Catholic Central High School in London was recognized as one of the Top-Eight Academic All-Canadians of 2018 by Governor General Julie Payette. Vanin has spent five years as a member of the Mustangs and was a part of their Vanier Cup championship team in 2017.
He is currently studying medicine at Western.
Katelyn Gosling and Brittany Howard to represent Canada
The Canada-U.S.A women’s hockey Rivalry Series will start on February 12 at Budweiser Gardens and two players will get to play for their country on their home turf. Londoner Katelyn Gosling grew up playing London Devilettes and then starred at Western, eventually becoming captain of the Western Mustangs. She is currently a member of the CWHL’s Calgary Inferno.
Howard is from St. Thomas and also grew up playing Devilettes. She played NCAA at Robert Morris and is the school’s all-time leading scorer. She was selected 10th overall by the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL.
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