Nordin taking fourth crack at Brier berth

Joey Payeur

The saying goes that the third time is the charm.
Tim Nordin would prefer it to be the fourth time.
The Dawson Township resident, curling out of the Stratton Curling Club, is headed back to the Northern Ontario men’s championship for a fourth time after going a perfect 4-0 at the Region 1 playdowns in Keewatin over the weekend.
Nordin and his rink of third Mitch Sequin, second Adam Bolen, and lead Travis Showalter toppled Mike Procyk (Red Lake) 9-5 in the final draw of the round-robin event to punch his ticket to the provincials slated for Feb. 6-13 at the Fort William Curling Club in Thunder Bay.
The winner there advances to the Tim Hortons Brier on March 5-13 in London, Ont.
Nordin scored a single in the first end. Then after Procyk notched a deuce in the second, Nordin responded with one in the third and a steal of one in the fourth to go up 3-2.
Procyk tagged Nordin for another deuce in the fourth to move ahead 4-3, but Nordin dropped a three-ender in the sixth to grab the lead for good at 6-4.
Procyk made it close with a single in the eighth, but Nordin shut the door with another three-spot in the ninth.
Nordin, who will be looking to better his 2-9 record at last year’s provincials in Sudbury, began the weekend in Keewatin with a roller-coaster 9-8 win over John Cummine (Sioux Lookout).
Cummine erased a 2-0 deficit with four in the fourth and a steal of one in the fifth. But back came Nordin, with three in the fifth and one in the sixth to lead 6-5.
Cummine nabbed another three-ender in the sixth, but then watched Nordin get one in the eighth and then steal back-to-back singles in the ninth and 10th ends to escape with the victory.
Nordin then took care of Kenora’s Kevin Brown, in what turned out to be the game for all the marbles, by a 6-4 score in the second draw.
Nordin broke a 1-1 tie with singles in the second and third to leave Brown behind for good.
Brown’s single in the sixth and deuce in the eighth were countered by Nordin’s two in the seventh and single in the ninth to cap the scoring and hand Brown his only defeat of the weekend.
He finished in second place at 3-1.
Mike Woznesensky (Sioux Lookout) had no better luck trying to slow down the Nordin Express, dropping an 8-5 decision.
Nordin let a 3-0 lead after two ends slip away, with Woznesensky scoring two in the third and one in the fourth to tie the score.
But Nordin settled down after that with a pair in the fifth and a steal of one in the sixth to lead by three.
Singles by Woznesensky in the seventh and eighth put on the pressure, but Nordin responded with two in the ninth to seal the win.
Procyk finished third at 1-3.
Woznesensky (1-2) and Cummine (0-3) didn’t play their scheduled game in the final draw as neither could catch Nordin for top spot.
Nordin said the playoff structure is different than years ago. Instead of smaller zones, the playoffs are done in regions.
“We are Region 1, which takes in all the way up to Red Lake and us down here,” Nordin noted Monday.
Every curling club can send as many teams as they like, but only one travelled from this area to compete in Keewatin.
Nordin has pretty much the same team as last year, with the exception of Bolen, who has replaced Mike Badiuk in the lineup.
Nordin also said their 2-9 record at the provincials last year was deceiving.
“Six of those games we lost were decided by one rock,” he noted.