Photo by JOSH ALDRICH/Advocate staff -- for Greg's story -- Red Deer's Dustin Eckstrand calls on the sweepers during the Red Deer Curling Classic at the Pidherny Curling Centre on Sunday

Eckstrand takes full advantage to get to playoffs

Dustin Eckstrand entered the Red Deer Curling Classic with arguably an unfair advantage.

Dustin Eckstrand entered the Red Deer Curling Classic with arguably an unfair advantage.

“He’s the club manager and ice manager here, so we have a little bit of an inside track that way,” Red Deer skip Dustin Eckstrand said Sunday at the Pidherney Centre, in reference to his third Wade Thurber.

Eckstrand was coming off a 5-4 win over Aaron Sluchinski of Airdrie in a men’s C-event semifinal and thumped Sean Geall of New Westminster, B.C., 9-3 in a men’s division C-event qualifier of the Red Deer Curling Classic, a World Curling Tour event.

“We’ve been just a little sharper, in fact this has been the sharpest the boys have played all year, which is great,” said Eckstrand. “Wade has the ice really good here and that helps making shot-making a little more fine-tuned.”

Eckstrand admitted playing at home, with Joel Peterman filling in for Scott Cruickshank, gave his crew more than a bit of a lift.

“There’s extra initiative to play here with the hometown crowd,” he said. “We started winning early and that got us on a roll. We lost an A-event qualifier (5-4 to Josh Heidt of Kerrobert, Sask., Saturday night) by last rock and now we’re qualifying out of C.

“It’s been a lot of fun, with good crowds too. I’m on the organizing committee for this event and it’s been great seeing the crowds here this weekend.”

Eckstrand’s rink has been together for two years and last winter competed in the Southern Alberta Association men’s playdowns before entering the Traveller’s Championship — the national club team playdowns.

“We kind of did the .500 thing, we lost in a C semifinal at the southerns,” said the skip. “Then we got to the Travellers provincials and lost both qualifying games.

“We’ll decide over the next few weeks whether we’ll go into the provincial playdowns or back to the Travellers.”

Eckstrand joined A-event qualifiers Josh Heidt and Mick Lizmore of Edmonton, B qualifiers Brendan Bottcher of Edmonton and Grant Dezura of Maple Ridge, B.C., and fellow C-event qualifiers Jamie King of Edmonton, Brock Virtue of Calgary and Brad Clark of Seattle in this morning’s quarter-finals at 9 a.m. The semifinals follow at 12:30, with the men’s final set for 3:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Trish Paulsen of Saskatoon and Crystal Webster of Calgary advanced to the quarter-finals by qualifying out of the A event Saturday. Also moving on are B-event qualifiers Chelsea Carey and Heather Nedohin of Edmonton and C-event qualifiers Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Mari Motohashi of Japan, Alina Paetz of Switzerland and Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary.

The women’s final goes at 3:30 p.m.

Other Red Deer Curling Classic scores:



7 p.m. (C qualifiers) — Paetz 5 Scott 2; Scheidegger 7 Thurston 6; Kleibrink 5 Homan 4; Motohashi 8 Englot 5.

3:30 p.m. — Nedohin 8 Homan 2, Carey 5 Scheidegger 3 (B qualifiers); C event — Englot 7 O’Connor 0; Kleibrink 6 Barber 4; Paetz 5 Hamilton 4; Scott 6 Siverston 5.

12:15 p.m. C event— Hamilton 7 Doyle 2; Kleibrink 9 Gushulak 3; Thurston 10 Kim 4; O’Connor 6 Moore 4; Motohashi 7 Fleming 4; Barber 10 Chyz 7.


9:30 a.m, — A event: Paetz 7 Englot 3; Webster 6 Chyz 3; Fleming 6 Homan 5; T. Paulsen 6 J. Paulsen 3; B event — Doyle 7 Kleibrink 3; Carey 6 Moore 3.

1 p.m. (B event): Gushulak 7 Brown 4; Sivertson 4 Hamilton 3; Nedohin 5 DeJong 3; O’Connor 6 Rogers 4; Kim 7 Motohashi 6; Scheidegger 6 Scott 5.

4:30 p.m. — A event: T. Paulsen 8 Fleming 2; Webster 6 Paetz 5; B event: Englot 8 Doyle 3; Carey 6 Chyz 4; C event: Game 4 Marthaller 3; Barber 7 Doroshuk 2.

8 p.m. — B event: Scheidegger 9 Gushulak 2; Homan 7 O’Connor 4; Sivertson 4 Thurston 3; Nedohin 6 Brown 5; C event: Scott 6 Brown 5; Motohaski 7 DeJong 5.


12:15 p.m. C event — Clark 11 Manser 2; Virtue 8 Tselouson 2; M. Johnson 7 Cross 2; O’Connor 8 White 7; Kim 7 Manners 4; Frieberger 5 Pfister 4.

3:30 p.m. — Brendan Bottcher 7 Jamie King 2; Grant Dezura 7 Marsh 4 (B qualifiers); C event — Gaell 7 M. Johnson 3; Kim 7 Schlender 6; Eckstrand 5 Freiberger 4.

8 p.m. (C event) — Clark 9 Marsh 2; Virtue 7 Kim 1; Eckstrand 9 Geall 3; King 5 O’Connor 2.


9:30 a.m. — A event: Lizmore 6 O’Connor 4; Eckstrand 6 Bottcher 3; Dezura 6 Clark 3; J. Heidt 6 White 4; B event: Geall 8 D. Heidt 0; Pfister 7 Tselouson 3; King 8 Kelts 5; M. Johnson 6 Manners 1.

1 p.m. — B event: Virtue 7 Stroh 1; Kim 5 Cross 4; Marsh 6 Peterman 4; Schlender 7 Sluchinksi 3; C event: Willerton 8 Merklinger 3; Manser 5 Usselman 2; Ackerman 5 Baier 3; Freiberger 6 R. Johnson 4.

4:30 p.m. — A event; Lizmore 7 Dezura 3; J. Heidt 5 Eckstrand 4; B event: Geall 7 Clark 2; King 6 M. Johnson 2; Bottcher 7 Pfister 5; C event: Manners 4 Kelts 2.

8 p.m. — B event: Schlender 6 White 2; Virtue 7 Kim 1; Marsh 3 O’Connor 2; C event: Sluchinksi 8 Peterman 2; Cross 8 Stroh 4; Tselouson 8 D. Height 7.

Just Posted

Photos: Red Deer barn dance entertains children, adults Tuesday

Hundreds of Central Albertans started their Westerner Days celebrations early with an… Continue reading

Manslaughter charge laid against Red Deer man more than a year after homicide

A manslaughter charge has been laid against a Red Deer man, more… Continue reading

Woman facing charges after pedestrian critically injured in hit and run

A woman is in custody in connection with an alleged hit and… Continue reading

Friday hail storm came at a bad time for farmers

Amount of damage a hail storm does often depends on how far along crops are

Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

American League 8 National League 6 (1o innings) WASHINGTON — A record… Continue reading

Photos: Red Deer barn dance entertains children, adults Tuesday

Hundreds of Central Albertans started their Westerner Days celebrations early with an… Continue reading

Man suffers critical injuries, Red Deer police arrest woman in pedestrian crash

A man is in hospital with critical injuries and Mounties have arrested… Continue reading

Cull hasn’t been able to solve bunny burden in Alberta mountain town of Canmore

CANMORE, Alta. — Problems persist in an Alberta mountain town overrun with… Continue reading

Canada should help Holocaust denier on trial in Germany: civil liberties group

OTTAWA — A civil liberties group is urging the Canadian government to… Continue reading

Westerner Days: Send us your photos

Your reader photo may just make the pages of the Adovcate.

Adam Henrique signs $29.1M, 5-year extension with Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Centre Adam Henrique has signed a $29.1 million, five-year… Continue reading

Fashion firms upend design routine to focus on speed, trends

NEW YORK — Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month