Fans were treated to some close games during the second draw at the 2016 Canadian Mixed at the Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto.
In the battle of the north, Northwest Territories took the win over Yukon’s Bob Smallwood. Yukon opened up the scoring by taking two points in the first end and stealing another point in the second end. N.W.T.’s Steve Moss, Dawn Moses, Brett Zubot and Debbie Moss stopped the bleeding in the third end with a single point and never looked back. The team went on to steal singles in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh ends before running the Yukon team out of rocks in the eighth for a 5-3 win.
The Ontario versus New Brunswick game kept the fans on the edge of their seats as the team traded points back and forth.
N.B.’s Charlie Sullivan opening scoring in the second end with a single-point steal. Sullivan stole a second point in the third end before Ontario’s Mike McLean broke it open with a three-ender to lead 3-2 at the break. Sullivan answered with a deuce in the fifth followed by a steal of one in the sixth. Set up for a possible three-ender, McLean rolled out on a hit and instead had to settle for two points in the seventh. Needing the steal in the eighth, Ontario nestled a rock onto the button early in the end and continued to guard right through to last rock. Sullivan attempted a runback to save the end, but ended up pushing another Ontario stone in for a final score of 7-5.
Alberta’s Micky Lizmore posted a 6-4 win over B.C.’s Dean Joanisse. After two blank ends, Lizmore popped a three-ender in the third end. The B.C. squad, representing Royal City C.C. in New Westminster, took back a deuce in the fourth end to bring the score to 3-2 going into the fourth end break. Lizmore took a single in the fifth end, which Joanisse followed up with two points in the sixth to tie the game at 4-4. Alberta came back with a deuce in seven before running B.C. out of rocks in the eighth end for a final score of 6-4.
In the East Coast battle of the MacKenzies on sheet A, P.E.I.’s Eddie MacKenzie kicked off the scoring in the team’s matchup versus Nova Scotia’s Doug MacKenzie with a single in the first and a steal of one in the third end. Nova Scotia took a big four-point end in the fourth and never looked back as they went on to steal two in the fifth, a single in the sixth and another two in the seventh end to finish off the game with a 9-2 score.
Draw 3 tonight at 7 p.m. ET will feature Saskatchewan versus Newfoundland and Labrador on sheet A, Quebec versus Yukon on sheet B, Northern Ontario versus Nova Scotia on sheet C, Northwest Territories versus Nunavut on sheet D and Manitoba versus New Brunswick on sheet E.
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