KAKABEKA FALLS – After a slow start, the Mike Pozihun foursome has quickly become one of the hottest teams on the Tbaytel Major League of Curling circuit.
On Wednesday night they picked up their third straight win, outdueling the top team in the 15-team circuit, doubling up Kory Carr 4-2 to pick up a valuable three points and claw a little closer to the top seven and a chance to compete for the title.
“Kory Carr’s a great team. We made some shots, they made some shots and never could put the other guy away. It went right down to not quite the last. Kory missed it by about an inch. It was good curling,” Pozihun said.
There was plenty of drama in the eighth and final end.
With a pile of stones cluttering up the front, Carr faced a tough draw on his final stone to sit on the button with backing and a likely steal of one, but his rock didn’t quite get the curl he was hoping for and it didn’t quite cut over far enough to sit as shot stone.
“We were actually in trouble early in the end, big trouble. Denis (Malette) made a great shot on his first one to basically save us and then we were just fighting for our lives the rest of the end,” Pozihun said.
The team opened the season with four straight losses, three of them by a single point.
“We lost a few close games, so it’s nice to win a tight one and get some momentum going for the last half of the season,” said Pozihun, his team improving to 3-5 on the season.
Dallas Burgess, fresh off a trip to Saskatoon and a shot to represent Canada at the world juniors, also picked up his third win, making easy work of reigning Northern Ontario senior men’s champion Mike Desliets.
Burgess gave up a pair in the first, roared back with four in the second and then stole three more in the third to put the game early, the two teams shaking hands after four ends and an 8-2 win for Burgess, his second triumph in three outings.
“Over the course of the summer and doing lots of training and getting ready for the season, we really carried that through to the start of the season and took that to play downs,” Burgess said. “I think a lot of that is confidence and coming into every game knowing that we have the tools to get a win and it’s been working out really well for us this season.”
The start was a little rough, he said, but things turned around in a hurry.
“The second end we got lots of rocks in the house and we had lots of nice junk in front. We were able to take advantage of a couple of misses. We weren’t looking too great throughout the end, but we got a miss on the lass shot and we made a nice shot for four.”
In other early draw play Wednesday night at the Kakabeka Falls Curling Club, Mike McCarville skipped Trevor Bonot’s team to a 5-3 win over Frank Morrisette, while Al Hackner stole deuces in the second and fifth ends to double up Kent Maarup 8-4, the two sides shaking after seven.