Cochrane, Homan rock

JOE PAVIA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:39 AM ET

Sevens were wild.

In both the men's and women's finals of the Mac Ice Classic on Monday at the RCMP, the decisive end was the penultimate one as both winning teams scored three points.

The women's final pitted Quebec City's Marie- France Larouche against Ottawa's Rachel Homan. The two finalists advanced to the final from the A-side of the draw.

Homan capitalized on two Larouche misses in the seventh to sit two, then drew for three when the Quebec skip hit and stuck but didn't block the middle.

In the other final, Bryan Cochrane (from the A-side) and Howard Rajala (from the B-side) were point stingy and only tied 2-2 after six ends.

In the next end, Rajala angle-raised a rock to sit shot.

Cochrane's only option was to throw an in-turn tap back through a port to push Rajala's rock back far enough to get his three.

With the front enders leaning on their brooms, the stone just got by and did the trick.

"We had a big opportunity in the seventh. Rich (Moffatt) made a great shot in that end and Howard had to do something really special to get out of that one," said Cochrane.

Homan missed an opportunity to score her first three-pointer in the third end.

"We had a double for three and it was just bad luck that it went back on ours and peeled out," said Homan. "We only got one. It's a big turn from one and three."

A double in the fifth helped the Ottawa rink out, while Larouche had to settle for single points only. The final ended 6-4.

Homan sported a five-woman team, as second Alison Kreviazuk was not available on the weekend.

Sherry Middaugh second Lee Merklinger subbed. Playing third was Emma Miskew and lead Lisa Weagle.

The Ottawa squad left with $4,000, while the Quebec rink earned $2,000.

Both men's teams kept rocks in play but, "we never had a chance for two and I don't think they did either," said Cochrane, who played with Moffatt, Chris Fulton and John Steski. They won $5,000, while the runner-up took $3,500.

The men's semi-finalists, each winning, $2,750 were Gary Rowe and Steve Allen

The quarter-finalists were Chris Gardner, Mat Camm, Matt Paul and Martin Ferland. Each left with $2,000.

The women's semi-finalists were Kimberly Mastine and Rhonda Varnes, who both earned $1,500.

Winning $1,000 each were the quarter-finalists: Chantal Osborn; Lauren Mann; Katie Morrissey; and Joyce Potter.

BITERS

Craig Savill helped Glenn Howard to victory in Toronto's StuSells Tankard Monday. They defeated Wayne Middaugh 6-4 and earned $8,000 ... There was irony in Merklinger subbing for Homan at the Mac Ice Classic. Merklinger's Middaugh rink might be Homan's archrival for Ontario supremacy this season ... The much-touted Pebble the Sea curling cruise, where participants would have curled while cruising the Caribbean next April, has been cancelled due to a lack of participants.

CURLING THIS WEEK

The JSI OVCA Junior Superspiel qualifier is this weekend in Almonte. Three men's and three women's teams will advance to November's Junior Superspiel.

joe@hoglinecurling.com


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