Lo­cal curlers qual­ify for ju­nior provin­cials

Curlers over­come rink cool­ing plant mishap

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - SPORTS - TIMES-HER­ALD STAFF

Two more lo­cal rinks punched their ticket over the week­end dur­ing the Jiffy Lube Ju­nior Men’s and Women’s QSpiel #3 at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Cen­tre.

Sky­lar Ack­er­man and her rink of third Madi­son John­son, sec­ond Mak­ena Simmons, lead Sa­man­tha McLaren and coach Pa­trick Ack­er­man qual­i­fied for provin­cials by los­ing only one game and win­ning the B-event, while the Car­son Ack­er­man, a na­tive of Moose Jaw curling out of Saskatoon, and his rink of third Tyler Camm, sec­ond Eric Wes­tad, lead An­drew Derk­sen and coach Dwayne Yachiw took the long route to qual­ify out of the C-event

Sky­lar opened the bon­spiel with a 9-6 over the Lau­ren Thies rink from Big­gar on Fri­day be­fore los­ing the A-event semi­fi­nals to the Emily Haup­stein rink from Wadena 6-3.

On Satur­day, they de­feated Krys­tal En­glot’s Neu­dorf rink 6-4 in the B-event semis — and then things got weird.

The cool­ing plant for the ice failed at the Moose Jaw curling rink on Sun­day, so both the men’s and women’s com­pe­ti­tions were moved over to the Cal­lie Club in Regina so the curlers could fin­ish the bon­spiel. That didn’t seem to bother the Moose Jaw rink as they de­feated the Madi­son Kleiter rink out of Saskatoon 7-5 in the B-event fi­nal.

It was a big win for Sky­lar’s team, as they had to over­come a lineup change mid­way through the sea­son as Simmons — the daugh­ter of for­mer pro­vin­cial and na­tional champion curlers Pat and Cindy Simmons — came in re­lief of sec­ond Chantel Hoag who was out with an in­jury.

Also com­pet­ing out of Moose Jaw on the women’s side was the Am­ber Mont­gomery and her team of third Jazmin Ack­er­man, sec­ond Jo­lene Ack­er­man, lead Alexis Fraser and coach Clay­ton Ack­er­man. The lost out to the Brook­lyn Fahl rink from Ros­th­ern 11-4 in the Cevent.

On the men’s side, Car­son opened on Fri­day with a 8-4 win over Moose Jaw’s David Gray be­fore los­ing 9-8 to Breck­lin Ger­vais on Kronau. Gray, along with his team of third Ma­son Gray, sec­ond Matthew Swan­son, lead Bray­den Bollinger and coach Mur­ray Stroeder, would be knocked out of con­tention in the Cevent, los­ing 12-4 to the Ethan Kish rink from Saskatoon in the C-event

Down in the B-event, Car­son ad­vanced with a 8-2 win over York­ton’s Reese Ki­naschuk and 10-5 vic­tory over Regina’s Joshua Blon­deau be­fore los­ing the B-event semi­fi­nal on Sun­day at the Cal­lie 9-8 to Rosetown’s Cody Suther­land.

Car­son went on to defeat Balgonie’s James Hom 7-6 in the C-event and Regina’s Ja­cob Kydd in the C-event qual­i­fier 8-5.

Also com­pet­ing out of Moose Jaw for the men was Ter­ence Stark and his four­some of third Daniel Mut­low, sec­ond Ni­cholas Bras­sard and lead Jakob Philpchuk and coach Brian Mohns. They were knocked out of con­tention in the C-event with a 6-4 loss to the Blon­deau rink.

The 2017 Jiffy Lube Ju­nior Men’s and Women’s Pro­vin­cial Curling Cham­pi­onship will take place Dec. 27-31 at the Cal­lie Club in Regina.

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