Walker, Crocker wrap up first place in Pool B at curling mixed doubles trials

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Geoff Walker and Laura Crocker locked up first place in their pool with a 9-6 win over Brendan Bottcher and Dana Ferguson on Thursday at the Canadian mixed curling championship.

Walker and Crocker stole two in the eight end to improve to 7-0 with one round-robin match remaining, while Bottcher and Ferguson fell to 6-1.

Starting with last rock, Walker and Crocker opened with three points in the first end, and were up 5-1 after three.

Bottcher and Ferguson replied with three in the fourth. Walker and Crocker scored one in the fifth but their opponents tied it with two in the sixth.

Walker and Crocker moved back into the lead with one in the seventh before putting their opponents away in the match’s final end.

In other results, 2006 Olympic men’s champion Brad Gushue and partner Val Sweeting improved their playoff chances with a 9-6 win over Nicole Westlund-Stewart and Tyler Stewart. Gushue and Sweeting sat in third place in Pool B at 4-2, while Westlund-Stewart and Stewart fell to 0-6.

Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris scored one in an extra end to beat Chelsea Carey and Colin Hodgson 8-7. Both teams were 3-3 heading into Thursday’s later draws. Sherry Middaugh and Jon Epping (2-4) posted an 8-3 win over Dustin Kalthoff and Marliese Kasner (0-6) in the other Draw 14 match.

In Pool A action earlier Thursday, Brett Gallant and Jocelyn Peterman remained in first place at 6-0 with a 9-6 win over 2014 Olympic women’s champion Jennifer Jones and Mark Nicols (4-2).

Emilie and Robert Desjardins (4-2) posted an 8-6 win over Kimberly and Wayne Tuck (0-6), Catlin Schneider and Nancy Martin (4-3) eked out a 5-4 win over Jason Gunnlaugson and Shannon Birchard (1-6) and Tyrel Griffith and Sherry Just (3-3) stayed alive with an 8-7 win over Jill Officer and Reid Carruthers (4-2).

The winner of the tournament will represent Canada when mixed curling doubles makes its debut at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

The first- and second-place team in each pool will advance along with the next four teams in the overall standings. Tiebreakers and the opening round of the playoffs begin Friday and the final is scheduled for Sunday.

The Pyeongchang Games are scheduled for Feb. 9-25.

Just Posted

Shipping oil by rail questioned

Red Deer-area mayors respond

Country star Gord Bamford and The Reclaws perform free Games concert Friday

Show starts at 6:30 p.m. in heated dome off Celebration Plaza in downtown Red Deer

Survey looks at social isolation among older men

Partnership between Red Deer College and Golden Circle Resource Centre

Peruvian brothers travel nearly 8,000 km to volunteer at Canada Winter Games in Red Deer

Italo and Mirko Del Castillo say Canadian warmth contrasts with twinter cold

Pride Days celebrated for first time at Canada Winter Games on Feb. 21 and 28

Pride Days are another first for Red Deer’s 2019 Canada Winter Games.… Continue reading

Gardening: What are you planting in 2019?

What’s new in plants for 2019? Checking catalogues, greenhouses and stores will… Continue reading

Opinion: I spy another energy hypocrite

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. The mittens provided to… Continue reading

Canada’s bobsleigh team races World Cup on Calgary home track facing closure

CALGARY — Canada’s skeleton and bobsled teams will race a World Cup… Continue reading

Italy becomes ninth international football league to join forces with CFL

TORONTO — Add Italy to the growing list of international football federations… Continue reading

Toronto Defiant Overwatch academy team to be known as the Montreal Rebellion

MONTREAL — The Toronto Defiant’s Overwatch academy team will be known as… Continue reading

Canadian fashion and design insiders recall Karl Lagerfeld’s charm, ingenuity

TORONTO — Several Canadian fashion and design experts who knew couture icon… Continue reading

Millennial Money: Make your funds move at the speed of life

Change is constant — especially when you’re young. Chances are you’ll cycle… Continue reading

TSB says improved tankers involved in Manitoba derailment that spilled crude

ST. LAZARE, Man. — Federal investigators say CN rail cars that spilled… Continue reading

Most Read