Joining 'old boy' pays off

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:49 AM ET

The kid could get used to this. First Grand Slam, first few grand.

Daley Peters, the Manitoba junior men's champion, helped his dad, Vic, qualify for the championship round of the $100,000 Canadian Open, which means he will be guaranteed a share of at least $7,000 -- with the possibility of more.

"I said, a little bit of this goes to the old boy," Vic joked after humbling Quebec's Guy Hemmings 7-1 at the MTS Centre yesterday to improve his record to 3-1. "Only an allowance goes to him. He said, 'Like hell!' "

Daley was asked if he will be getting his full share of that money.

"Damn right!" he replied. "A couple hundred will be spent in the bar tonight."

Vic, of course, introduced his son to the curling world as his third at this event and it has paid early dividends.

"Yeah, it was a little unexpected (to win cash) but we played good enough to be here so, we'll try to keep it going," said Daley, 20. "I am a little surprised, considering the fact that I don't think I've been playing as well as I should have. I'm playing OK, don't get me wrong, but I'm not making everything. I thought that's what I'd have to do to be competitive out there. The old man's playing pretty good and the (Neufelds, Chris and Denni) are playing great."

But how do you keep the youngster from getting a swelled head before the playoffs start?

"He has seen, through watching my career, how fleeting the moment can be," Vic assured. "It's just pretty neat to qualify because he's won a couple of spiels for two-three grand but seven grand, he's never been a part of before. It's big for all of us because we haven't done well this year."

Meanwhile, fellow Manitoban Dave Boehmer rebounded from a horrendous opening day to post two straight wins to get into a tie-breaker at 2-2.

"Everything's good again," he said. "It's like a Jekyll and Hyde. (Thursday), we couldn't buy a shot. (Yesterday), we just made everything. I was playing great and I think it was catchy. One guy plays good and we all fall into synch. It wasn't like the guys we were playing were playing bad or anything. It's just that we were hot.

"So, we know we'll have to play a tie-breaker of some type but that's OK. I'm happy with just winning two games to have a chance now. After (Thursday), it seemed like an impossible task."

Boehmer ended another Manitoban's hopes when he blasted Jeff Stoughton 8-2.

"It wasn't very impressive," said Stoughton, who finished 1-3. "The struggle continues, I guess. The first game (versus Norway's Paal Trulsen) wasn't quite as bad, but this (Boehmer loss) and the last game (against Quebec's Jean-Michel Menard) were just pretty sloppy."

It is the first time in two years that Stoughton has failed to qualify in a Slam.

Manitoba's Kerry Burtnyk also bounced back with a pair of victories to stay alive.

"We had an off day (Thursday) but if we're going to be 2-2, it's better to win the last two," said Burtnyk, who will play Boehmer in one tie-breaker today at 2 p.m..

Also clinching playoff spots yesterday were Kevin Martin (4-0) and John Morris (3-1), both of Alberta, Ontario's Glenn Howard (3-1) and Menard (3-1). Although Alberta's Randy Ferbey finished 2-2 after clipping Morris 9-7, he was awarded a playoff spot because he had the best shootout score compared to the four other 2-2 teams.

Trulsen plays Ontario's Wayne Middaugh in the other tie-breaker, also at 2 p.m.

The quarter-finals start at 6 p.m. today.


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