Friday, November 28, 2014

District rink goes winless

Craig Armstrong’s rink made it all the way to Copper Cliff.
Unfortunately, while they were trying to enjoy the view, they got shoved off the edge.

The Stratton skip and his team of third Ted Heyens, second Kevin Nielson, and lead Lawrence Armstrong finished last with an 0-5 record at the 2013-14 Travelers Curling Club men’s provincial championship over the weekend.
Dave Barker of Geraldton topped the event after dumping previously-undefeated Scott Seabrook (Sault Ste. Marie) 10-4 in seven ends to earn a trip to the national championship Nov. 24-29 in Halifax.
Armstrong, who captured the Region 1 playdowns in Atikokan back in February, had his title ambitions dented early with a 10-4 loss in six ends to Rob Champagne (Thunder Bay) in the opening draw Friday.
In their second outing Friday, Armstrong’s crew gave Seabrook plenty of trouble—leading 3-2 after four ends.
But Seabrook steadied his ship and scored two in the fifth.
Armstrong tied it in the sixth but Seabrook blanked the seventh to keep the hammer, which he used to notch a deuce for the 6-4 win.
A new day did not bring better results for Armstrong, who fell 7-4 to Greg Blanchette (Capreol) on Saturday.
It appeared to be a more relaxed Stratton squad in Draw 4, as they exploded out of the gate with four in the first and a steal of one in the second to lead Darryl Ukrainetz (Iroquois Falls) 5-0.
Ukrainetz stormed back with three in the third.
He then followed an Armstrong single with singles of his own in the fifth and sixth ends to pull within 6-5.
Armstrong picked up what he thought would be a key insurance marker in the sixth to go up by two.
But Ukrainetz erased that gap with a pair in the seventh, then stole one in the eighth to win 8-7.
Wanting to come home with at least one win, Armstrong led Barker 2-1 after the second by taking a pair with the hammer.
Barker then forged ahead 4-2 with a deuce in the third and a steal of one in the fourth.
Armstrong’s team wouldn’t fade away quietly, though, scoring a single in the fifth and a steal of one in the sixth to tie it at 4-4.
But Barker played his cards right the rest of the way with last rock, sandwiching a pair of singles in the sixth and eighth around an Armstrong single in the seventh to finish off a 6-5 win.
Janice Vettoretti (Sudbury) emerged as the women’s champion in Copper Cliff, downing Jodi Judd (Thunder Bay) 7-2 in the final to also punch her ticket to Halifax.
Kathie Jackson and her team of third Teresa McFayden, second Lisa Penner, and lead Kris Sinclair of Fort Frances were the defending champs.
But they could not make it past the regional playdowns in Atikokan this time around.

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