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Bowdoin II flexes icy muscles in ninth 'College Crash Spiel' at Belfast Curling Club

Maine teams include Unity College, Bowdoin College, UMaine, Colby
By Staff | Feb 14, 2020
Photo by: Zack Miller Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club.

Belfast — The ice was sizzlin' as stones, feet and brooms glided across the surface in the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26 at the Belfast Curling Club, with 12 teams from 11 schools – including four from Maine — in attendance.

At the end of the two-day tournament, Bowdoin II claimed the top spot after finishing 4-0, while Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. (3-1) finished second.

Watch video and see more photos below.

Teams from Unity College, University of Maine, Castleton University in Vermont, Colby College in Waterville, Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., Yale University in New Haven, Conn. and Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. also competed. Bowdoin was the only school to send two teams to the event.

This year's event grew by three schools, and one team, compared to the attendance of the tournament in 2019 as Hamilton, Castleton and Colby joined the fray this year.

The 12 teams started in 'A' event, then navigated through 'B' and 'C' events depending on whether a team won or lost its matches.

The Belfast Curling Club has three sheets of ice available for matches, thus, three matches at a time took place on Saturday and through much of Sunday.

The games were played as 4-on-4 as each team member threw two stones, alternately, for a total of 16 stones. When all 16 stones were thrown, it was referred to as an “end.” Each game consisted of eight ends and took about two hours to play.

The idea was to slide the stone down the sheet of ice and get it to stop inside the circular bull's-eye, known as the “house.” Points were scored for the stones that rest closest to the center of the house at the conclusion of each end.

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Belfast Curling Club's 'College Crash Spiel'
Belfast Curling Club's 'College Crash Spiel' on Jan. 25. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from the ninth annual "College Crash Spiel" on Jan. 25 at the Belfast Curling Club. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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