Simmons plays game of musical curlers

CHAD SCARSBROOK, STAFF REPORTER

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

Pat Simmons is used to looking up and seeing unfamiliar faces.

The Saskatchewan skip here for the BDO Classic Canadian Open at MTS Centre lost second Chris Haichert last year after he decided to move to pursue a job. They replaced him with Gerry Adam.

They also lost lead Ben Hebert, who signed on with Kevin Martin's Alberta squad prior to the season.

Then, the team granted new lead Steve Laycock permission to attend the World Winter University Games -- a team he's skipping this week in Turin, Italy.

To play the Canadian Open, they had to borrow Joel Jordison's lead, Dean Hicke.

Confused yet?

"We're used to it now," said Simmons after an 8-4 win over Norway's Thomas Ulrud yesterday. "Last year, Chris was in school, so we had a different team every weekend before Christmas. This year we started with a different team because Ben left over the off-season. We played about five spiels with Chris, and then he left."

Despite the new faces, the two-time defending Saskatchewan champ had a 3-1 record heading into today's play.

UNBEATEN: Only two teams remained unbeaten after yesterday's late draw.

Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton beat the previously undefeated Martin 7-3 to improve to 5-0, while Ontario's Glenn Howard beat Pal Trulsen 8-2 yesterday to improve to 4-0.

Randy Ferbey spoiled Simmons' perfect record with a 7-6 extra end win last night, and Manitoba's Kerry Burtnyk is 2-2.

The top eight teams after this morning's final round-robin draw will move on to the playoffs beginning tonight.


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