Nordin rink opens with losses

Lucas Punkari

Tim Nordin’s rink, representing the Stratton Curling Club, was sitting at 0-2 heading into action this afternoon at the Northern Ontario men’s championship at the Fort William Curling Club.
After being drubbed 11-1 in just six ends last night by defending champ Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie), Nordin had a better showing this morning versus Jeff Currie (Port Arthur Curling Club) but came out on the short end of a 6-5 score in an extra end.
Nordin’s rink, which includes third Mitch Sequin, second Adam Bolen, and lead Travis Showalter, faced Bryan Burgess (Fort William Curling Club) this afternoon (the outcome wasn’t known as of press time).
Meanwhile, the John Salo rink of Geraldton, which includes Devlin native Mike Badiuk at lead, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with an 8-1 loss in six ends to Joe Scharf (Fort William Curling Club) this morning.
Badiuk, still en route from the Canadian junior curling championships in Calgary, didn’t play yesterday as Salo jumped out to a 2-0 start.
Salo opened with an 8-5 win over Burgess yesterday afternoon, then followed that up with a narrow 6-5 victory over Currie last night.
After falling behind 5-0 through six ends, Currie came roaring back with a single in the seventh and then a pair of two-point steals to tie things up after nine.
But with the hammer coming home, Salo got the single point needed to keep his perfect record intact after Day 1.
The Salo rink, which also features third Kris Leupen, second Cory Nephin, and alternate Kurt Pristanski, had a bye in this afternoon’s draw before squaring off against Dustin Montpelier (North Bay) tonight.
The provincial playdowns wrap up Sunday, with the winner earning a berth to next month’s Tim Hortons Brier in London, Ont.