Grande Prairie’s Kurt Balderston and squad continued their hot play at the Canadian Mixed curling championship in Sudbury. In a prairie battle, Alberta stopped 2009 Canadian Mixed champ Sean Grassie 7-6 in a game with many stones in play each end. Balderston sits alone in first place with a record of 7-1. They face Nunavut in tonight’s action followed by games against BC and Ontario on Wednesday. Grassie’s record is now at 5-3.
Jason Ackerman of the Tartan CC in Regina missed a chance to stay even with Alberta when Martin Ferland’s Quebec team handed them a 9-3 drubbing. Ackerman drops to a tie for second place with New Brunswick at 6-2. NB had the afternoon off. Ferland improved to 6-3 with Ontario’s Mark Homan who dumped Yukon (0-8).
BC’s Doug Marshall’s win streak was stopped at five following a 6-3 loss to previously winless Gary Alcock of Newfoundland & Labrador. Marshall drops to 5-3 while Alcock is now in the win column at 1-6.
Northern Ontario kept their playoff hopes alive taking two in the 8th to tie, then stealing a single in both the 9th and 10th ends edging Nova Scotia’s Chris Sutherland 8-6. Mike Assad’s record is now 5-3 while the NS skip struggles at 1-6.
Besides NB, other teams with the afternoon byes were NWT (3-4), Nunavut (0-7) and PEI (4-4).
For complete results, visit the CCA’s CurlCast www.curling.ca/championships/curlcast-1/
Draws continue throughout the week at the Sudbury Curling Club with game times each day – Saturday, November 12 to Thursday, November 17 – at 10:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The final draw is Friday, November 18th at 9:00 a.m. followed by playoffs leading to the championship final Saturday, November 19th at 1:30 p.m. (all times Eastern).