Roy ousted at provincials

Raymond Roy faltered down the stretch and missed qualifying for the final of the Northern Ontario senior men’s curling playdowns over the weekend in Sault Ste. Marie.
After jumping out to a 3-0 record to start the tournament, Roy faced Wayne Matheson’s winless Copper Creek rink Friday afternoon.
With a win, Roy—along with third Don DeBenedet, second Dave Bondett, and lead Paul Fraser—would have virtually been assured a spot in Saturday night’s final.
But despite leading 6-4 through eight ends, Roy couldn’t pick up the much-needed victory as Matheson scored a deuce in the ninth and then got a single in the 10th to steal a 7-6 come-from-behind win.
The loss created a three-way tie atop the standings between Roy, Bud O’Donnell (Sudbury), and Chris Milks (Englehart) with one game remaining in the round-robin.
O’Donnell was slated to face Bob Hardy (Iroquois Falls) while Roy would take on Milks.
The pressure mounted for the Fort Frances rink as O’Donnell cruised to an easy 10-1 win over Hardy in just five ends. That meant Roy now had to beat Milks if he was to advance to the final.
Things looked bleak for Roy as Milks took a commanding 4-1 lead through five ends. However, the Fort Frances rink rallied with a four-ender in the sixth to grab a 5-4 advantage.
Milks refused to go quietly, though, as he scored a single in the eighth to tie the game and another in the 10th to pull out the victory and eliminate Roy from further contention.
In the final, O’Donnell built a big early lead en route to an 8-5 win over Milks.
His rink now will represent Northern Ontario at the 2007 Canadian senior men’s playdowns March 18-25 in Trois Rivières, Que.