Bonot rink strikes silver

Staff

Stratton native Trevor Bonot skipped Canada to the silver medal at the world mixed curling championships in Champéry, Switzerland.
Trailing 5-2 through six ends of Saturday’s gold-medal match, the rink rallied with a deuce in the seventh and a steal of one in the eighth before falling 8-5 to Scotland in an extra end.
Bonot, whose team included his sister, Jackie McCormick, at third and Thunder Bay couple Megan and Kory Carr at lead and second, opened the scoring with a single in the first end.
But Scotland bounced back with a single in the second and then a steal of two in the third to grab a 3-1 lead.
Canada got a single with hammer in the fourth to make it 4-2 at the break.
Then after holding Scotland to one in the sixth, Canada staged its dramatic comeback to send the match to the extra end, where Scottish skip Grant Hardie made a double take-out with his final stone to secure the victory.
Canada advanced to the gold-medal game with a 5-3 win over Norway earlier Saturday.
Bonot once again grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first before giving up two in the second.
He evened the score with a single in the third, then reclaimed the lead by stealing one in the fourth.
After the fifth end was blanked, the tide turned when Bonot managed another steal of one in the sixth to lead 4-2.
Norway crept to within 4-3 with a single in the seventh but Canada scored one in the eighth to seal the deal.
Canada, coached by Jim Waite, finished atop Pool ‘E’ with a 6-0 record following round-robin play.
Bonot’s crew then opened the playoff round Friday by holding on for a 4-3 win over Poland before dumping Russia 9-1 in the quarter-finals.