Men’s provincial playdowns underway


The NOCA men’s provincial curling playdowns got underway here this morning after yesterday’s icy weather threw a bit of a wrench in the scheduling.
The Tim Phillips rink from Sudbury had a marathon travel day yesterday as their flight eventually was diverted to Calgary.
They arrived in Winnipeg very early this morning, and were driving by car to town.
The rink was expected to be on the ice for their 2:30 p.m. match against Mike Pozihun (Thunder Bay).
Meanwhile, Robbie Gordon’s team out of Cobalt-Haileybury was forced to drive from Thunder Bay this morning due to flight problems, but were less than an hour away from town as of press time.
As such, their game against Chris Johnson (Blind River) was re-scheduled from the 9 a.m. draw to 2:30 p.m. while the match between Bryan Burgess (Thunder Bay) and Murray Affleck (Keewatin) was moved up to 9 a.m. from 2:30 p.m. to accommodate the late arrivals.
Action from this morning’s opening draw saw Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie) beat Cory Nephin (Geraldton) 10-6 in nine ends, Burgess top Affleck 9-4 in eight ends, Mike Assad (Thunder Bay) edge Brian Adams Jr. (Thunder Bay) 6-5, and Mike Jakubo (Copper Cliff) downing Claude Lapointe (McIntyre) 6-4.
The 2:30 p.m. draw features Phillips versus Pozihun, Gordon against Johnson, Art Lappalainen (Thunder Bay) versus Matt Dumontelle (Sudbury), and Sault Ste. Marie teams Al Belec and Robert Thomas squaring off.
The 16-team event run all week at the Fort Frances Curling Club, with the winner advancing to the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary in early March.