Battling For First Place

Saskatchewan and the host team from Quebec waged a battle Sunday tonight in an effort to join Nova Scotia at 3-0 and on top of the leaderboard at the 2013 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship at the TMR Curling Club in the Town of Mount Royal. Mike Fournier’s Glenmore CC team had a slim 4-3 lead playing the 6th end without last stone advantage. Key steals in that end plus steals of two points in each of the 7th and 8th ends finished the 9-3 romp over Jeff Hartung, pushing Quebec into a tie for first place. Hartung’s first loss leaves him at 2-1. Keeping pace with three wins is Nova Scotia’s Brent MacDougall and his CFB Halifax foursome by virtue of a 13-4 win over Inuvik’s Nick Saturnino. The NWT skip is winless after three games.

Manitoba second Kyle Einarson (photo by Eve Belisle)

BC’s Tom Buchy of Kimberley improved his record to 2-1 defeating two-time Canadian Mixed champion Robert Campbell of Charlottetown by a score of 10-4. While early in the week, the PEI skip is at 0-3 and can ill afford too many more losses. In Sunday evening’s final match, Manitoba’s Terry McNamee is in the win column with a hard fought win over Whitehorse’s Steve Fecteau. The first deuce of the game was scored by Manitoba in the 8th end for their first lead of the game. A steal of two points in the 9th earned McNamee his first win, 7-4. The Yukon team has played well enough but without any wins to show for the effort. Play continues all week at the TMR Curling Club in the Town of Mount Royal, Quebec (part of greater Montréal) with the championship final set for 2:00 pm EST on Saturday, November 24th. Real time results are available at Live streaming is available at Monday’s games are scheduled for 10:00 am, 2:30pm and 7:00 pm EST. Monday morning match-ups feature the traditional Ontario versus Northern Ontario tilt and New Brunswick versus Alberta. Each of these four teams had evening byes on Sunday.