The Matt Dunstone rink from The Granite saw their perfect record come to an end Thursday Night at the Canadian Junior Men’s Curling Championship in Stratford, Ontario. The Manitoba Champs dropped a 7-5 extra end decision to Tanner Horgan of Northern Ontario to leave both teams tied for first place at 8-1, with only the 8 a.m. draw Friday morning remaining in the playoff round.
Horgan can clinch a bye into Sunday’s 2 p.m. championship final with a victory over Quebec, but a loss would open the door for Dunstone and his rink mates to finish first if they can defeat BC, who sport a 7-2 record going into this morning’s action. At worst, the 2013 Canadian Champs from Winnipeg will play in Saturday Night’s 6 p.m. semifinal.
On the Junior Women’s side, Abby Ackland of Fort Rouge also lost an extra end heartbreaker, 8-5 to BC to fall to 7-2. Ackland had a wide open hit and stay for three to win the game in the 10th end, but rolled out and only counted two to force the fateful extra end.
The Manitoba rink finishes the playoff round this morning at 8 a.m. against 8-1 Nova Scotia and needs to win to advance to Saturday’s 1 p.m semifinal and avoid potential tiebreakers with Quebec and New Brunswick later today.