Muskie curlers face must-win

The Muskie girls’ curling rink had to beat St. Patrick’s High School in the final draw of the round-robin at 1 p.m. today in order to have a chance to advance to the all-Ontarios later this month in Ottawa.
A Muskie victory would force at least one tie-breaker because both teams would have identical 4-1 records at the NWOSSAA playdowns being held at the Fort Frances Curling Club.
There would be a second tie-breaker if Port Arthur Collegiate also won its final round-robin game this afternoon, creating a three-way tie for first at 4-1.
All this would be moot, though, if St. Patrick’s downs the Muskies this afternoon—giving them first place outright at 5-0.
The Muskies had been in the driver’s seat heading into this morning’s draw, sitting at 3-0 after the first day of action.
But the black-and-gold suffered a tough 7-6 loss to Port Arthur Collegiate, meaning they now have to beat St. Patrick’s—undefeated after four draws—to force a tie-breaker.
Port Arthur had led 5-3 after five ends this morning but the Muskie rink of Jenna Enge (skip), Kate Bondett, Meaghan Moate, and Brittany Czekaj bounced back with a three-ender in the sixth.
The Thunder Bay crew tied the score with a single in the seventh and it all came down to the last rock for the Muskies.
Unfortunately, Enge’s final draw went through the house, giving Port Arthur a steal of one for the victory.
The Muskies had opened play with an 8-5 win over the Kenora Broncos yesterday morning after stealing the last two ends.
The black-and-gold then dumped Lake Superior 10-1 in just five ends yesterday afternoon before beating Geraldton 9-1—also in five ends—last night.
In boys’ action, the Rainy River Owls were sitting at 2-2 heading into this afternoon’s final draw of the round-robin.
But they won’t advance to the provincials even if they win their last game because Sir Winston Churchill was leading the way at 4-0 while St. Ignatius was second at 3-1.