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Bonot, McCarville keep winning at provincial curling championships

Trevor Bonot will take on Brad Jacobs in the A-side finale, the winner earning a spot in the 1-2 Page Playoff. McCarville rink secured a playoff spot with their second win of the day.
Trevor Bonot throws a shot in the Tbaytel Major League of Curling final on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 at Port Arthur Curling Club. (Leith Dunick,

KENORA, Ont. -- Trevor Bonot and Krista McCarville remain undefeated at the Northern Ontario provincial curling championships.

Bonot stole three in the eighth and two more in the 10th to stun Tanner Horgan 7-5 on Thursday afternoon. McCarville, the nine-time provincial champion, rolled to her fourth straight win in the evening draw, hitting double digits for the third time this week in knocking off Jackie McCormick 10-2. It was McCromick's first loss of the seven-team event.

Two big ends spurred McCarville, Sarah Potts, Ashley Sippala and Kendra Lily to the win. The foursome scored four in the fourth and four in the sixth to end the match, the two team shaking hands at that point.

Bonot, whose team includes  lead Kurtis Byrd, second Jordan Potts and third Mike McCarville, will face defending champion Brad Jacobs in the A-side bracket, the winner earning a spot in the 1-2 Page Playoff. Both teams have yet to lose.

Brian Adams Jr., whose lone defeat came Wednesday at the hands of Bonot, picked up a win on Thursday evening, beating Kenora's Michael Szajewski 8-4 to remain in the B-Side of the triple-knockout format, slated to play Sandy MacEwan on Friday morning. Horgan plays Chris Gilbota and the two winners will play off for the other 1-2 Page Playoff spot.

Dallas Burgess, who lost to Thunder Bay's Kory Carr 11-6 on Thursday morning, will need to beat Szajewski on Friday morning to stay alive. Carr is in the same boat, after dropping a 7-1 decision to Gilbota in the evening draw. He'll play Kenora's Ryan Meadows, who lost 6-4 to Adams earlier in the day to fall to 0-2.

McCarville, who clinched a playoff spot with her win, will look to keep her winning ways going against Sudbury's Bella Crosier in Draw 8 on Friday afternoon at the Kenora Recreation Centre. Crosier (3-1) downed Thunder Bay's Nicole Westlund-Stewart 8-7 in an extra end in Draw 6. Westlund-Stewart has yet to pick up a win and sits at 0-3. Thunder Bay's Jennifer Briscoe (0-3) lost 9-7 to Sudbury's Krysta Burns (3-1).

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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