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Burgess rink in playoff hunt at U21 nationals

Thunder Bay rink downed Ontario No. 1 8-3 on Thursday to improve to 4-2 in Rouyn-Noranda, Que.

ROUYN-NORANDA, Que. – Dallas Burgess remains in the hunt for a playoff spot at the Canadian Under-21 Men’s Curling Championship.

The Thunder Bay skip scored three in the eighth on Thursday to pull away from Ontario No. 1’s Jayden King and earn an 8-3 triumph to improve to 4-2 at the week-long event, being staged in Rouyn-Noranda, Que.

Burgess, lead Owen Riches, second Matt Duizer and third Jackson Dubinsky, are solo fourth in the Pool A standings, with two games remaining.

Manitoba No. 1 leads the way at 7-0, while Newfoundland and Labrador No. 2 and Manitoba No. 1 occupy the next two spots at 5-1.

The top three teams make the playoffs, with the second and third teams crossing over to a Pool B semifinal and the pool winners getting an automatic bye into the semifinal round.

Burgess, who curls out of the Port Arthur Curling Club, takes on Alberta (3-3) in Friday’s morning’s draw, and wraps up the round robin with a potentially crucial match against Newfoundland and Labrador No. 2’s Nathan Young.

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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