January 30, 2011
'Toba teams in tough after five draws at juniors
By TODD SAELHOF, QMI Agency
CALGARY — Sam Good hasn’t been great.
But the Manitoba skip has been good enough to put up a 2-2 curling record through four draws of the 2011 Canadian Juniors.
Still, the 20-year-old leader of the Stonewall Curling Club entry knows he needs to execute better than he has after five draws of the national championship.
“I’m definitely taking the blame for those two losses," said Good, whose rink consists of third Riley Smith, second Taylor McIntyre and lead Dillon Bendarek. “There’s been a couple of games when I haven’t played my best, but the guys have played really good games.
“I guess when we’re all playing well, we're winning.”
That was the case Sunday afternoon, when they triumphed 9-7 over Newfoundland’s Colin Thomas. A count of three in the first end set them off on the right track, and another three-ender in the sixth kept them out front for good.
The win to even their record followed a morning draw that saw the Manitoba men allow Northern Ontario’s Cody Johnston to steal three straight singles in the fifth, sixth and seventh ends of an 8-5 loss.
During Saturday’s second draw, Good was heavy and wide on a draw to the four-foot in an extra end, allowing Alberta’s Colin Hodgson to score a 6-4 victory.
“We’ve just got to hang in there and wait for our chances,” said Good, whose team played New Brunswick’s Jon Rennie (2-2) late Sunday night. “And when you get your chances, you take advantage of them.”
On the junior women’s side, Breanne Meakin and her St. Vital Curling Club foursome dropped their first two games Sunday to fall to 1-3.
Meakin, third Briane Meilleur, second Erika Sigurdson and lead Krysten Karwacki lost a heartbreaking 7-6 morning draw to Northern Ontario’s Kendra Lilly in the 10th end without the hammer. Then the St. Vital squad dropped a 12-3 contest to Newfoundland's Erin Porter in the afternoon.
In Sunday’s evening draw, Meakin and her squad played New Brunswick's Jennifer Armstrong.
Alberta’s Nadine Chyz and Saskatchewan’s Trish Paulsen are tied atop the junior women’s standings with 4-0 records through four draws.
Saskatchewan’s Braeden Moskowy was alone on top of the junior men's leaderboard with a 4-0 mark heading into fifth-draw action Sunday night.