After three draws at the Northern Ontario Masters playdowns in Kakabeka Falls, Stratton’s Bryan Bonot and Ken McKinnon of Fort Frances both are right in the thick of things.
Bonot improved to 2-0 after a 10-4 thrashing of Don Spakowski (Fort Williams Curling Club) this morning while McKinnon sits at 2-1 following a 6-4 loss to front-runner Doug Anderson (Port Arthur Curling Club).
McKinnon’s rink, which includes third Jim Jackson, second Glen Jackson, and lead Stan Cottam, opened round-robin play yesterday afternoon with a 8-4 win over Spakowski.
Their second win was a lot more dramatic—scoring three in the final end last night to nip Bob Coulter (Elliot Lake) 9-8.
Bonot, along with third Terry Lee, second Jack Gustafson, and lead Ted Stewart, had a bye yesterday afternoon before doubling Ron Kowalchuk (Port Arthur) 8-4.
Both teams were back in action this afternoon as Bonot faced Coulter while McKinnon squared off against Dennis Clifford (Fort William Curling Club).
The round-robin continues until Sunday, with the final taking place that afternoon for a berth at the Canadian Masters in Winnipeg on March 30-April 5.