Calgary squad in hunt

ANGELA MacISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

There are two things of which J.D. Lind is sure this week: He can win the whole darn 'spiel or he can lose it all just as easily.

Lind, third Brock Virtue, second Chris Blackwell and lead Matthew Ng are considered contenders at the Target junior provincial curling championships in Edmonton.

But it's an uphill battle on the men's side, Lind said yesterday.

"This field is as strong as it can be," the North Hill skip said. "I don't think there will be an undefeated team here."

Lind faced the sole 3-0 team, Thomas Sallows of Grande Prairie, but lost 7-4. A steal of two in the eighth pushed Sallows ahead.

Earlier, Lind, who admitted to a slow start on the first day of the championship, downed Nathan Connolly of Lacombe to improve to 2-1 after three draws.

"If we play our best, we can beat anybody here," Lind said. "If we play like we did (Tuesday morning), any team can beat us."

Calgary skip Ryan Keirstead (1-3) recorded his first victory of the week, beating Connolly 9-7 last night.

In the morning, Keirstead lost 7-6 to Derek Miller of Edmonton.

On the women's side, Lindsay Blyth (2-2) used a big three-ender to beat Kalynn Park 7-5 in the morning but lost 8-4 to Vanessa Pouliot of Edmonton in the night draw.


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