It wasn’t wild horses that kept Raymond Roy’s rink out of the playoff round at the Dominion Club Curling Championship in Charlottetown.
Rather, wild roses did the trick over Roy and his team of third Dave Broman, second Butch Wensley, and lead Patrick Briere.
Two of Roy’s three losses came at the hands of Alberta, including an 8-4 setback in Saturday’s tie-breaker that ousted the Fort Frances rink from further contention.
Alberta opened with a deuce in the first end, but Roy responded to tie the game in the second.
Alberta then got on a roll, notching a single in the third before stealing one in the fourth and two more in the fifth to jump ahead 6-2.
Roy got back within striking distance with a deuce in the sixth, but Alberta ended it with a pair in the seventh.
Roy had forced the tie-breaker by downing B.C. 8-5 in the final draw of group play earlier Saturday at the same time Manitoba blanked Alberta 7-0.
B.C. opened the scoring with one in the first, but Roy put up two in the second.
B.C. then tied it in the third and went ahead 3-2 with one in the fourth.
Roy scored three in the fifth to reclaim the lead, then extended it to 6-3 with one in the sixth.
B.C. pulled close with a deuce in the seventh, but Roy finished things off with a pair of his own in the eighth and final end.
Saskatchewan ended up winning the men’s tournament, downing Ontario 6-5 in the final, while Alberta took the women’s crown with a 9-4 win over Saskatchewan.