Bonot bumped in tie-breaker

With not only his mother in his corner but a previous win over his foe in his pocket, Trevor Bonot was in the fast lane to glory before getting sideswiped by a pickpocket.
The Stratton native and his Thunder Bay-based team of third Jarred Meadows, second Daryl Gorman, and lead Tyler Stewart were victimized by steals in the third, fourth, and fifth ends Sunday morning in Geraldton to drop a 7-4 decision to Eric Theriault (Terrace Bay) in the second-place tie-breaker at the Northwestern Ontario junior men’s curling playdowns.
Bonot and Theriault had finished the round-robin with identical 5-2 records, trailing only Port Arthur’s David Carr (7-0) in the battle for the two berths up for grabs at the provincial playdowns Jan. 15-18 in Sudbury.
With his mother, June, as their coach, Bonot opened play last Thursday with a 6-4 win over Taylor Kallos (Fort William). Then after falling behind 5-0 after just two ends, they pulled out an 11-9 victory over Theriault in their second match.
After losing to Carr 9-4 in the third draw Friday morning, Bonot rebounded for an 8-2 win over the host Geraldton rink (whose skip’s name was unavailable by press time).
He then defeated the Adam Bolen rink (Fort Frances) 10-3 and the Mike Frostiak foursome (Red Lake 8-6) later Friday, before concluding the round-robin Saturday morning with a disappointing 8-4 loss to Mathew Dupuis (Nipigon).
Had Bonot won that game, they would have automatically qualified for the provincials as the second-place team. Instead, they wound up tied with Theriault and lost the ensuing tie-breaker.
Meanwhile, Bolen and his team of third Brendon Loney, second Jason Pattison, and lead David Kaun had more downs than ups in his first appearance as a skip at the event, posting a 2-5 record to finish tied for sixth with Frostiak.
Bolen lost 8-5 to Theriault in his opener last Thursday and then was dumped 7-3 by Kallos. He got back on track with an 8-3 pounding of Dupuis on Friday morning, but then was edged 7-6 by Frostiak before losing convincingly to Bonot.
A 9-3 romp over Geraldton was followed by an 8-3 loss to Carr to close out their weekend.
Kallos finished fourth at 4-3, with Dupuis in fifth at 3-4. Geraldton was stuck in the cellar behind Bolen and Frostiak with an 0-7 record.
< *c>Three-game blues
In the Northwestern Ontario junior women’s playdowns at the Keewatin Curling Club, Fort Frances skip Amy Nielson led her team of third Jenna Enge, second Kate Bondett, and lead Krystal Windigo to a tie for third at 2-3.
The local rink won their first two games, but then dropped three-straight against more experienced rinks, including the two eventual qualifiers.
But coach Dave Bondett was satisfied with the team’s accomplishments in light of it being their first time at the playdowns.
“They were competitive and just hit a bump in the road Friday night,” the coach said about the team’s 12-6 loss to Caitlin Lennon (Longlac). “It was our third game of the day, which could have been why they came up a little flat.”
Nielson roared back from a four-point deficit to roll over Cassie Heppner (Hornepayne) by a 12-7 score in her opener Friday morning before getting past Nicole Westlund (Port Arthur) 10-7 that afternoon.
The Lennon loss started the downward spiral for Nielson, who then fell 8-4 to second-place finisher Ashley Miharija (Fort William) on Saturday before wrapping up the playdowns with a 9-1, six-end loss to overall champion Shauna Ketonen (Port Arthur).
“It was their fifth game in two days and the gas tanks were a little empty,” remarked Bondett. “We’re not going to beat [Ketonen] at this stage of the game, anyway.”
Ketonen’s win gave her a spotless 5-0 record, just ahead of runner-up Miharija (4-1), who also qualified for the provincials Jan. 15-18 in Sudbury.
Nielson finished in a three-way tie for third with Lennon and Westlund while Heppner was relegated to last place (0-5).
“These girls have lots of junior eligibility left,” Bondett said about his quartet. “The plan now is to hopefully improve and go on to contend at some point.”