Halifax, NS – As the men took to the ice in curling at the Mayflower Curling Club a high level intensity was felt by all. Fans from all teams were out in full force and it was “game on” on the ice from the first rock of the first end.
It took New Brunswick 7 ends to defeat Saskatchewan by a score of 6-2. The two teams were tied 2-2 heading into the break after the 4 end. New Brunswick score 3 in the 5th end after Saskatchewan struggled with their draw weight. NB went on to steal a single in the 6th taking their lead to 6-2. Saskatchewan played the 7th and could not get anything set up. The end was blanked and the team conceded the victory to NB.
Quebec opened up the game against the Northwest Territories with a steal of 2. NT rebounded with a single. Then Quebec went on to score 2 in the 3rd and then stole 2 points in the 4th and 5th to widen their lead to 8-1. NT scored a single in the 6th and stole another single in the 7th. Quebec ran NT out of rocks in the 8th and won the game 8-3.
Ontario followed Quebec’s lead and stole 2 points against British Columbia in the 1st end. The two teams exchanged single points over the next three ends. The score at the half way mark was Ontario 3 and British Columbia 2. Ontario broke it open in the 5th with a 4 ender. BC rallied with 2 in the 6th. Ontario score 1 in the 7th increasing their lead to 8-4. Ontario played a perfect 8th end and ran the Team BC out of rocks. The final was 8-4 for Ontario.
In the final game of the draw, Nova Scotia played Prince Edward Island. PEI was first to score with a single in the 1st end. NS countered with 2 in the 2nd. PE was forced to a single in the 3rd and the game was tied 2-2. In the 4th end, after some great shot making, Nova Scotia score another 2 points and then went on to steal singles in the 6th and 7th ends. The final was 6-2 for NS.
Play continues Tuesday, February 22nd with draws 3 & 4.
Draw 3 – 10:00 a.m.
Sheet A – British Columbia vs Newfoundland Labrador
Sheet B – Ontario vs Manitoba
Sheet C – Northwest Territories vs Prince Edward Island
Sheet D – Yukon vs Alberta
Draw 4 – 2:30 p.m.
Sheet A Northwest Territories vs New Brunswick
Sheet B – Nova Scotia vs Saskatchewan
Sheet D – Prince Edward Island vs Quebec