Kaun rink keeps playoff hopes alive

The Muskie boys’ curling team kept their hopes for a berth in the quarter-finals alive as they rallied to beat the Loyalist Lancers 7-6 this morning to improve their record to 2-1 at the all-Ontarios in Mississauga.
The rink—featuring skip David Kaun, third Mike Badiuk, second Sean Murray, lead Travis Showalter, and alternate Ben Robinson—faced Haliburton Highlands S.S. this afternoon to wrap up round-robin play.
The top two teams from each pool following the round-robin advance to the quarter-finals, which are scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.
According to the OFSAA website, Kaun scored a deuce with the hammer in the eighth and final end to pull out the victory against Loyalist after nearly blowing a big lead.
After the first two ends were blanked, Loyalist scored one in the third.
Kaun responded with a deuce in the fourth and then three in the fifth to lead 5-1.
But the Lancers did not roll over, scoring a pair in the sixth and then a three-ender of their own in the seventh to grab a 6-5 lead heading into the final end.
The Muskies, playing in Pool ‘B,’ had opened action yesterday morning with an 8-1 victory over the Pope John Paul II C.S. Panthers.
The Muskies got off to a great start, scoring three in the first end.
After the second end was blanked, the Panthers scored a single in the third to make it 3-1.
But it was all Fort High after that, scoring a deuce in the fourth end before stealing one in the fifth for a 6-1 lead.
The teams shook hands after Kaun stole two more in the eighth end.
It was a different story, however, in their afternoon draw against the Parkside C.I. Stampeders.
Kaun gave up a four-ender in the first, but then battled back with a deuce in the second to make it 4-2.
Parkside responded with a deuce in the third, held Kaun to a single point in the fourth, and then added another deuce in the fifth for a commanding 8-3 lead.
Fort High opted to shake hands after only managing a single in the sixth end to make the final score 8-4.