CANMORE, Alta. -- Trevor Bonot's foursome will hit Round 2 at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships tied atop the leaderboard.
Bonot stole a single point in the eighth end on Wednesday night to knock Jamie Koe's Northwest Territories foursome from the ranks of the unbeaten, edging them 4-3 to finish round-robin play at 5-1, in a three-way tie for first place in Pool A with Koe and Quebec's Jean-Michel Menard.
Teams carry their record forward into the championship round, matching up with each of the four teams advancing out of Pool B. The top four teams will tehn advance to the semifinal round.
Bonot gave up a single in the first to Koe, but tied the match up in the third with one of his own. A steal in the fourth put him in front 201, but Koe, who has 14 Brier appearances on his resume, scored two with the hammer in the fifth to jump back in front 3-2. Bonot tied it up with one in the sixth and the two teams blanked the seventh.
Bonot's rink also includes lead Amanda Gates, second Mike McCarville and third Jackie McCormick.
The Northern Ontario squad could be one of five teams entering championship play at 5-1, pending the outcome of Thursday's round-robin finales. New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Ontario are all at 4-1. British Columbia (3-2) will round out the Pool B side, while Manitoba (3-3) earned the fourth spot in Pool A.