March 2, 2013
Miss by Nova Scotia's Ian Fitzner-Leblanc led to Newfoundland five-ender
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

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It was a shot Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc would like to have back.

Unfortunately for the Nova Scotia third, who throws final stones for his team, sometimes there are no mulligans in curling.

Saturday, Fitzner-LeBlanc missed with his final rock in the sixth end against Brad Gushue, allowing the Newfoundland/Labrador skip a simple draw for five, en route to 10-2, seven-end victory.

At the time the game was tied 2-2.

“It was just one of those things where we had two bad misses early in the end, which put us in jail a bit,” said Fitzner-LeBlanc. “I just tried to get an in to try to hold them to two or maybe three and that’s never a good sign to start.

“I missed it the worse possible way. Whether it’s four or five at that point, it doesn’t make a difference. It was a tough shot and I didn’t make it.”


Gushue was lying four when Fitzner-LeBlanc attempted his shot to limit the damage. However he ended up wrecking on rock at the top of the house.


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