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It’s tight at the top of the Canadian Mixed championship

Monday, 18 November 2013 - Posted by Al Cameron

Five teams will head into the evening draw of the 2014 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship tied for first place, thanks to the results of Draw 6 on Monday afternoon at the Rideau Curling Club in Ottawa.

Ontario skip Cory Heggestad encourages his sweepers with Quebec skip Mike Fournier looking on. (Photo, CCA/Claudette Bockstael, Studio C Photography)

Ontario skip Cory Heggestad encourages his sweepers with Quebec skip Mike Fournier looking on. (Photo, CCA/Claudette Bockstael, Studio C Photography)

In the feature match, Quebec (Mike Fournier) dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten bowing 6-4 to defending champion Cory Heggestad of Ontario.

The Orillia CC skip, scored single points in the first four ends before Fournier could get on the board with a deuce in the fifth to make the score 4-2 for Ontario at the break. Fournier then stole one in the sixth and had a nice end going in the seventh, only to have Heggestad calmly raise a front stone to the button for a single. He would steal another in the eighth, and was able to hold Quebec to one in the ninth to cruise home with the win, which left both teams with 3-1 records.

Meanwhile, New Brunswick’s Sylvie Robichaud, Alberta’s Darren Moulding and Saskatchewan’s Shaun Meachem kept up their impressive play, each earning solid wins to get into the logjam at 3-1.

Robichaud, with third Marcel Robichaud, second Marie Richard and lead Lloyd Morrison, scored two on the fourth end, three more in the sixth, then singles in the eighth and ninth for a comfortable 7-3 win over B.C.’s Keith Switzer, who dropped to 1-3.

Moulding and his Alberta team from the Coaldale and Airdrie CCs, meanwhile, stifled former mixed champion Sean Grassie of Manitoba 8-4. Counts of two in each of the first, fifth and seventh ends led him to an 8-4 win. Manitoba fell to 1-3 with the loss.

Finally, Saskatchewan’s Shaun Meachem and team continued to impress, thumping P.E.I.’s Rod MacDonald 10-4, finishing things off with four points in the ninth. P.E.I.’s record dipped to 1-3.

Teams with the afternoon byes: Northwest Territories (0-3), Newfoundland & Labrador (1-2), Nova Scotia (1-2) & Northern Ontario (2-1).

Round-robin games continue until Friday morning. The semifinal will be played that day at 7:30 p.m. with the Championship Final at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Live scoring can be viewed 
www.curling.ca/scoreboard

The Official Mixed Web Site
 www.curling.ca/2014mixed-en

Host committee’s web page
 www.canadianmixed.com/

Facebook
 www.facebook.com/canadianmixed



About Al Cameron
Al Cameron is the Director, Communication & Media Relations for the Canadian Curling Association.

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