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Hackner rallies to edge Burgess, climbs back over .500

Veteran skip sits at 4-3 in Tbaytel Major League of Curling action at Kakabeka Falls Curling Club.
Al Hackner
Al Hackner (Leith Dunick/FILE)

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.

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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