Time was a factor tonight during Draw 3 of the 2016 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships at the Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto.
Both Northern Ontario and Nova Scotia cut it close on time, with each team having under three minutes to play the last end (the usual time is approximately five minutes per end).
After trading points back and forth in a tight game, both teams had to rush through their shots in the eighth end in order to avoid running out of time. On his last shot, Northern Ontario’s Colin Koivula attempted a ten-foot runback, but the rock slid by and the team gave up a steal while Nova Scotia, led by skip Doug MacKenzie, picked up the 6-4 win.
The second battle of the north featured Northwest Territories versus Nunavut where N.W.T.’s Steve Moss dominated the game with two four-enders en route to an 11-2 victory.
The Saskatchewan versus Newfoundland and Labrador game was a low-scoring affair with both teams unable to generate a deuce with hammer. In the end, Newfoundland’s Chris Ford, Marie Christianson, Cory Ewart and Lauren Wasylkiw stole their way to a 5-3 win after picking up two points in the eighth end.
Quebec’s Maxime Elmaleh, Roxane Perron, Jean Gagnon and Sonia Delisle stole their way to victory against Yukon’s Bob Smallwood with crucial steals in ends two and seven to seal the 7-2 win.
On sheet E, New Brunswick’s Charlie Sullivan bested Manitoba’s Bob Sigurdson 6-3 after running the Manitobans out of rocks in the eighth end.
Standings after Draw 3
2-0 Nova Scotia
1-1 British Columbia
1-1 Newfoundland and Labrador
0-2 Prince Edward Island
0-2 Northern Ontario
2-0 Northwest Territories
1-1 New Brunswick
The competition continues on Tuesday with draws at 10 a.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. ET.
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Draw scores/standings will be immediately available on Curling Canada’s website, www.curling.ca.