THUNDER BAY – Al Hackner needed every trick in his book to beat the team of the future in Thunder Bay men's curling.
The two-time world champion scored two in the seventh to tie Dallas Burgess (2-4) and stole the winner in the eighth to edge the Northern Ontario under 21 champion team 6-5 in Tbaytel Major League of Curling play at Kakabeka Falls Curling Club.
Burgess, the winner of two in a row coming into Wednesday night, had stolen two in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.
Hackner climbed over .500 with the win, improving to 4-3.
It wasn't the only streak that came to an end.
Krista McCarville suffered her first lost of the 2021-22 season. McCarville fell 4-1 to Bryan Burgess, a team who entered play at 1-4 in desperate need of a win, coming off a pair of dramatic losses the past two weeks. She sits alone in first, the only team with one loss in the 15-team field.
Kory Carr slipped to 5-2 after losing 6-5 to Gary Weiss, the latter win the extra-end shot to the button in a game that saw the lead change hands five times.
Trevor Bonot, who came up short in his playoff bid at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, downed Britney Malette 7-2, grabbing a share of second at 5-2. Malette remained winless at 9-7.