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Northern Ontario’s Hopes Dashed

Thursday, 17 November 2011 - Posted by Danny Lamoureux

Mike Assad had to win two games today to be in the hunt for a semi final berth at the Canadian Mixed curling championship in Sudbury.

With a significant crowd behind him this morning, the Thunder Bay skip squared off with leader Alberta.  Balderston, who has already earned a berth to Saturday’s final, could only play spoiler and spoil he did. A key steal of one in the 6th end put him up three points. Assad managed a deuce in the 8th to pull to within one but gave it right back in the 9th resulting in a final score 7-4.

Alberta improves to 11-1 while Assad drops to 7-5. Interestingly enough, teams with five losses are still in the hunt for tie-breakers. It promises to be a wild finish!

Saskatchewan’s Jason Ackerman kept his hopes alive thumping New Brunswick 8-2. Both teams are now 8-4 and tied for second place.

Manitoba’s Sean Grassie gave up two points in the 10th on two fine shots by Steve Moss of Yellowknife for an exciting NWT 5-4 win. Moss stays alive at 6-5 and, like Grassie at 7-5, must hope for teams to come back to the pack at five losses.

PEI’s Brett Gallant looked down and out earlier in the week, but now has a flicker of hope after beating NL’s Gary Alcock 8-7 in an extra end. PEI is now 7-5 and NL is at 2-9.

In the final morning game, Nova Scotia cruised by Nunavut 9-5. Nova Scotia’s Chris Sutherland improves to 3-8 while Sattelberger drops to 1-10.

Quebec and Ontario both had morning byes and they are tied for fourth place at 7-4. BC also had the morning off and sit at 6-5; they too are still in the chase. Yukon had the final morning bye and are winless at 0-11.

The semi-finals are tentatively scheduled for 7:00 pm Friday, November 18 (depending on a tie-breaker schedule) and the championship final, featuring Team Alberta, will be played Saturday, November 19th at 1:30 pm.

Standings www.curling.ca/championships/mixed/draw-schedule/standings/

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).

 


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