Local curlers qualify for junior provincials
Curlers overcome rink cooling plant mishap
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.