Bonot rink falters at provincials

Bryan Bonot of Stratton fell out of contention very quickly en route to a last-place 1-4 finish at the six-rink Northern Ontario senior men’s curling playdowns in North Bay.
The foursome—including third Terry Lee, second Ron Martinuk, and lead Ted Stewart—closed out round-robin play with a 7-3 loss to Bill Johnston (Sault Ste. Marie) and a 12-8 win over Peter Minogue (North Bay).
Against Minogue, Bonot scored two in the ninth and then stole a pair in the 10th to snap an 8-8 tie.
As reported in Friday’s Daily Bulletin, Bonot had opened action with three-straight losses, falling to Gary Ball (Thunder Bay) 7-6, Chucker Ross (Sudbury) 7-6, and Bill McKelvey (Kirkland Lake).
Johnston went on to win the provincial title with a 6-5 win over Ball.
This was 53-year-old Bonot’s third trip to the provincials. The closest his rink came to the Northern Ontario title was in 2000, coming within a game of forcing a tiebreaker for first place.