Good becomes great after taking step back

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

Sam Good dropped from skip to lead to make himself a little better.

It worked rather well. Returning to skip a Pembina team this year, Good drew to the 8-foot to score the winning deuce in the 10th end for a 5-4 triumph over Portage la Prairie's Michael Johnson in the junior men's provincial final before a huge throng at the Granite Curling Club yesterday.

In one short season, Good went from playing lead for a team that missed the provincials to leading a different foursome to the Manitoba title.

"It really helped me with my draw weight consistency," said Good, who had skipped a squad out of Stonewall. "That was my biggest problem when I was skipping before. But after playing lead for a season, I'm way more consistent than I ever used to be."

How appropriate that he needed that draw weight to score the winning point.

"I was shaking and took a lot of deep breaths before I threw it, and threw it to the sweepers," said Good, 18. "They got it there for me."

On the previous shot, Johnson had made an in-off to knock a pair of Good counters off the button behind cover but still left Good sitting one.

The final featured the ninth seed versus No. 10 (Good).

"We were just trying to hang around with teams that had higher expectations than we did," said Good. "We were just hoping to go to the playoffs and the pressure was on them, not us, and we're here."

Supported by third Taylor McIntyre, 17, second Kent Moffitt, 19, and Dave Wiebe, 18, Good will represent Manitoba at the nationals in Salmon Arm, B.C., Jan. 31-Feb. 8.

"It's the first time I've been to the provincials, now we're going to the nationals so this is awesome," said Good, who does not know how his team will do at the nationals. "I'll find out, I guess. Hopefully well."


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