Buffalo Gals become comeback kids

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

Comebacks are becoming old hat for Manitobans competing at championships these days.

Brandon's Lois Fowler stole two in the 10th end to sink Saskatchewan's Debbie Thierman 7-6 at the Canadian Senior Men's and Women's Championships in Summerside, P.E.I. yesterday.

That capped off a comeback from a 6-3 deficit after eight ends.

"Oh my gosh, we really hung in there," Fowler said from Summerside shortly after her second win of the day. "We got our deuce in nine and I told the girls we could steal in the 10th to tie. I never dreamed that we'd steal two in the 10th. But we played a beautiful 10th end and she had no chance to get at shot rock. She tried to remove second shot in the eight-foot and missed.

"That was a big break for us but you need those kinds of breaks if you're going to win these things."

Fowler had rebounded from her only loss of the tournament by posting a 7-4 victory over Quebec's Rolande Madore in the morning and heads into today's play with an impressive 7-1 record. That assures of being in the top three no matter what happened on the late draw.

"We're thrilled, really thrilled," said Fowler, a four-time Manitoba women's champ who is competing at the seniors for the first time. "We're doing well and want to keep it going.

"This is a real friendly bunch. It's different than the Scotties (Tournament of Hearts). It's a more relaxed atmosphere off the ice but everyone's intense on the ice."

Manitoba third Gwen Wooley, second Lori Manning and Lynn Sandercock are also making their first appearance at the seniors.

"It's just been a wonderful experience for all of us," said Fowler, who faces Alberta and P.E.I. "We're tired but we're really pleased with where we are right now. We've had a really good season and hopefully, we can cap it off here."

On the senior men's side, Manitoba's Brent Strachan clipped Saskatchewan's Eugene Hritzuk 7-6 to improve to 4-4. Strachan dropped a 7-6 extra-end decision to Quebec's Mike Carson in the morning.

New Brunswick's Russ Howard was in first with a 7-0 record heading into the late draw.


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