Lind's star continues to rise

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Calgary's J.D. Lind has already made a name for himself on the World Curling Tour.

Lind pocketed $7,500, even though he lost the final to Rick Folk at Vernon.

And he raised more than a few eyebrows when he took out Pat Ryan in the semifinal.

"Our first game was against Guy Hemmings," said Lind, who grew up in Nova Scotia.

"We knew we were playing a great team off the bat - a team that had been in a Brier semi. We played John Morris, Randy Ferbey, Pat Ryan - we got to play all the names we'd heard of over the years.

"We didn't beat all of them, but we hung in, which proved to us that if we could play with these guys, we could play with anybody.

"It really was a big confidence boost at the start of the season.

"It was a great all-round experience. They were very welcoming to us." Lind did not qualify at Lethbridge, the other World Curling Tour event the team entered.

PAINFUL SCRATCH

Skip Vanessa Pouliot of the Crestwood Club had to be scratched after complications arising from an earlier wisdom-tooth extraction.

Pouliot underwent surgery yesterday morning and returned to the ice last night.

"I was crying, I wanted to curl so bad," said Pouliot, who curled with an IV in her left hand.

"I just said 'I'm going, I have to play.' I really wanted to."

Taking her place last night was Jessie Kaufman, who lost the C qualifier at the northerns to Pouliot.

Kaufman's sister Nikki subbed in at lead yesterday afternoon.

DOGFIGHT

To have only three teams undefeated at a dual provincial championship - on the first day of this year's juniors - is unusual.

In fact, it piqued the curiosity at the world headquarters of the Alberta Curling Federation.

"We looked it up," said ACF executive director Jim Pringle. "The last one we could find was a seniors competition sometime in the mid-'90s."

Thereby proving the theory on just how competitive this field is and how difficult it could become to unravel by the end of the week.


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