Northern Ontario’s Dubinsky keeps the run alive

Northern Ontario’s Dale Dubinsky continued his amazing run at the Dominion Curling Club Championship on Friday after he edged Manitoba’s Barry Mandryk 5-4 in a special tiebreaker game.

Northern Ontario Sweepers at The Dominion Curling Club Championship (Photo Yadranka Thompson and The Dominion)

The victory by Dubinsky and his Kakabecka Falls team — their fifth straight after dropping their first two in the round-robin — earned them second place in the Grey Pool and qualified them for Saturday’s men’s semifinals in Richmond, B.C. The top two teams in each pool qualified for the playoffs, with the top team in each pool crossing over to play the second-place team in the other pool. Alberta’s Wade Thurber finished first in the Grey Pool with a 5-1 record while Ontario’s Greg Balsdon went a perfect 6-0 to clinch first in the Blue Pool, one game ahead of Newfoundland & Labrador’s Paul Harvey who went 5-1. It will be an all-Ontario matchup in one semifinal as Balsdon squares off against Dubinsky, while Thurber takes on Harvey in the other men’s semifinal. The winners meet in the championship final at 2 p.m. local time.