Kaun rink golden at NWOSSAA Enge rink takes silver

The Muskie boys’ curling rink defeated Westgate 4-3 in a playoff yesterday afternoon to capture the NWOSSAA championship at the Fort William Curling Club in Thunder Bay.
Tied at 3-3 in the eighth and final end, Muskie skip David Kaun drew to the four-foot to score one and give his team the narrow victory.
The black-and-gold now advance to the all-Ontarios, which is slated March 21-24 in Mississauga.
The Muskie rink—also comprised of third Mike Badiuk, second Sean Murray, third Travis Showalter, and alternate Ben Robinson—were deadlocked with Westgate following the five-game round-robin.
Both rinks finished with identical 4-1 records and so a one-game playoff was needed to determine the NWOSSAA champion.
The Muskies had opened action Monday with a 6-5 win over Rainy River. Then they routed Westgate 7-2 before suffering a 4-2 loss to St. Ignatius in the final draw of the opening day.
Kaun’s rink rebounded from that loss with a dominating 12-2 win in just five ends over Geraldton yesterday morning, then blanked Lake Superior 7-0 in five ends in their final draw of the round-robin.
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls’ rink—comprised of skip Jenna Enge, third Meagan Moate, and second Tirzah Keffer—came up a win short to finish in second place.
The shorthanded squad (lead Kathleen Murray was not permitted to compete as she is only in Grade 8) earned a 6-4 win over St. Pats in their final draw yesterday afternoon to finish with a 4-1 record.
But St. Ignatius defeated Geraldton in their final draw to finish with a perfect 5-0 record to earn the OFSAA berth.
Enge’s rink had opened the competition Monday with wins over the Kenora Broncos (7-6), Lake Superior (7-3), and Geraldton (10-2).
However, they suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to St. Ignatius in the early draw yesterday, which ultimately cost them the NWOSSAA crown.