Semifinal recap: Ready for finals!
- Updated: November 28, 2014
Saskatchewan and Ontario men, and Prince Edward Island and Ontario women will battle on the ice Saturday morning for the 2014 Travelers Curling Club Championship. Here’s the wrap-up of semifinal action from the Mayflower Curling Club in Halifax, N.S.
Semifinal – Men
MB vs SK
In a tight, back-and-forth game, Saskatchewan opened the scoring with a deuce in the third end. After trading singles, Saskatchewan scored two in the seventh for a 5-2 lead and ran Manitoba out of rocks for the 5-2 win.
AB vs ON
Out of the gates, Ontario was set up to steal four, but Alberta managed to cut them down to a single. Ontario stole the next two ends and led 3-0 after three.
After Alberta scored two in the fourth, Ontario came back with another deuce. Alberta then took the next two ends, and the game was tied 5-5 heading into the final end. After the first two skip stones, Ontario is sitting one. Alberta is unable to remove the Ontario rock from the button, and it’s a score of one and a 6-5 victory for Ontario.
Semifinal – Women
PE vs MB
In the first end, Manitoba was heavy on their last rock, giving up a steal of three to Prince Edward Island. Manitoba fought back with a deuce in two and a steal in the third, but PEI went ahead with a huge score of four following by a steal of two.
Manitoba attempted a takeout in the sixth to blank, but jammed instead, and were forced to take a single. Leading 9-5 after seven, Prince Edward Island ran Manitoba out of rocks for the 9-5 win.
NT vs ON
It was a close match for the first two ends, but then Ontario got on a roll with a single, followed by steals in three, four and six. Northwest Territories just couldn’t get going: they scored a single in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough to climb back into the game, and Ontario is off to the finals after a 6-1 win.
The teams are now set for the championship finals: ON and SK men will play on Sheet 4, and the PE and ON women will play on Sheet 3. Both games begin at 9 a.m. (AST) and will be broadcast on the Travelers Curling Club Championship live stream. Follow the scores on Curling.ca’s scoreboard.
Earlier in the day, CCA National Mixed coach Jim Waite led the curlers in a high-performance clinic, assisted by some of Atlantic Canada’s elite curlers and coaches including Helen Radford, Heather Smith, Terry Lake, Jill Mauzar and Shaun Armstrong among others. The curlers were on the ice for technical instruction as well as strategy sessions.