Roy rink on fire

Raymond Roy is off to a perfect start at the Northern Ontario senior men’s provincial showdown in Sault Ste. Marie.
The Fort Frances rink—also comprised of third Don DeBenedet, second Dave Bondett, and lead Paul Fraser—is tied with Chris Milks (Englehart) atop the standings at 3-0 heading into action this afternoon.
Roy earned his latest win this morning, doubling Bud O’Donnell (Sudbury) by a score of 8-4. The team built a big early lead, scoring four in the second end, and then held on for the victory.
Roy began his quest for the provincial crown with a pair of wins yesterday.
He held a slim 5-4 lead through seven ends over Larry Chepesiuk (Port Arthur) in his opening draw, but blew the game open with a five-ender in the eighth en route to the 10-4 victory.
The Fort Frances rink then continued their strong play in the nightcap, scoring three in each of the second, third, and fourth ends against Bob Hardy (Iroquois Falls) en route to a 9-1 triumph.
Roy was back in action this afternoon against Wayne Matheson (Copper Cliff), winless along with Chepesiuk at 0-3, then he will wrap up the round-robin portion against Milks tomorrow morning.
The two rinks with the best records following the round-robin then will advance to the championship final tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. (EST).
That winner will represent Northern Ontario at the 2007 Canadian senior men’s playdowns March 18-25 in Trois-Rivieres, Que.