Muskie rinks still in hunt

Both Muskie curling rinks remained in the hunt for a trip to the all-Ontarios after this morning’s draw at the NWOSSAA playdowns at the Fort William Curling Club.
The boys’ rink—featuring skip David Kaun, third Mike Badiuk, second Travis Showalter, and lead Sean Murray—were tied for first place with Westgate and Lake Superior at 3-1 heading into the final draw of the round-robin this afternoon.
The Muskies will advance to the all-Ontarios, slated for March 21-24 in Mississauga, if they beat Lake Superior this afternoon while Westgate loses to Geraldton (1-3).
But if both the Muskies and Westgate win, there will be a one-game playoff later today to decide the OFSAA berth.
A Muskie loss to Lake Superior would eliminate them from further contention.
The black-and-gold opened action yesterday 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 yesterday.
Kaun’s rink rebounded from that loss with a dominating 12-2 win in just five ends over Geraldton this morning.
Meanwhile, the Muskie girls’ rink—comprised of skip Jenna Enge, third Meagan Moate, and second Tirzah Keffer—need a win and some help in the final draw this afternoon in order to force a playoff with St. Ignatius for the NWOSSAA crown.
The shorthanded squad—lead Kathleen Murray was not permitted to compete as she is only in Grade 8—suffered a devastating 4-3 loss to St. Ignatius this morning.
Both teams had been sporting 3-0 records heading into that crucial showdown.
The Muskies now need to beat St. Pats (3-1) in their final draw this afternoon, and hope St. Ignatius somehow loses to Geraldton (0-4), in order to force a one-game playoff for the OFSAA berth.
Enge’s rink opened the competition yesterday with wins over the Kenora Broncos (7-6), Lake Superior (7-3), and Geraldton (10-2).