Hot hand turns trick for Sask. rink

JOEY PAYEUR -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

PORTAGE La PRAIRIE -- With bag of Halloween loot on the line, Joel Jordison refused to be spooked and pulled out one last trick to help put the money in his team's pockets.

Jordison's sensational raise with his second shot of the 10th end was the catalyst to a three-ender which gave his team, skipped by Brad Heidt of Kerrobert, Sask., a 6-4 victory over Winnipeg's Ryan Fry and the $15,000 winner's cheque in the final of the $52,000 inaugural Meyers Norris Penny Prairie Classic at Portage Curling Club.

"We had talked about how we wanted, if we missed the shot, to still have it be a productive miss," said Jordison, who is listed as Heidt's third but came up with a first-rate touch shot which split two centre-line guards posted by Fry before raising a Heidt guard into the rings, sending Fry's shot stone out the back of the house.

"I wasn't really sure when I released it. But the boys put their heads down and swept it hard. You just never know. Sometimes you get a lucky break."

"Joel made a pistol in that last end," said Heidt, whose team of Jordison, second Brent Gedak and son Mitch Heidt at lead was in only its second bonspiel as a team and dropped its first two games on Friday, then reeled off seven consecutive wins with elimination staring them in the face every step of the way.

"We talked about either Joel had to throw that shot now, or I was going to have to throw it the next shot.

"We decided to let him have it. Good thing we did."

After Heidt executed a corner freeze with his first rock of the 10th to put three shot stones in the eight-foot, Fry decided against a difficult triple kill, opting to try to bounce off his own rock on the left side of the 12-foot and in behind Heidt's wall of blue stones.

But the gamble didn't work, as the Granite Curling Club representative hit it too thick and sent both his rocks spinning out of the rings, making Heidt's last shot a moot point.

"If anyone on our team would throw that shot, it would be me," said Fry of the triple takeout possibility. "I just didn't see it. If I hadn't missed my first shot, we probably would have had the double."

Heidt made it to the final by edging undefeated A side qualifier Dean Joanisse of Victoria 8-7 in the quarter-final and nipping Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont., 6-5 in an extra end in the semifinal.

Fry, who made it to yesterday out of the B side, disposed of Norway's Thomas Ulsrud 10-4 in the quarter-final round, then blasted the other A side qualifier in Virden's Graham Freeman 7-2 in eight ends.


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