Kirkpatrick curls in semi-finals at WCT event

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Swift Current rink places top-four at Medicine Hat Charity Classic

Max Kirkpatrick

The Max Kirkpatrick rink, curling out of the Swift Current Curling Club, made an impressive debut on the World Curling Tour with a top-four finish at the 24-team Medicine Hat Charity Classic.

Max Kirkpatrick skipped the team with Shawn Meachem at third, Jeff Chambers at second, and Shawn Hiebert at lead.

They advanced all the way to the semi-final at the triple knockout event to collect $4,000 of the $34,000 purse.

The Swift Current’s rink’s five-game winning streak came to an end in the semi-final with a 6-4 loss to Regina’s Scott Bitz. Bitz scored three in the fifth end to lead 4-2 before Kirkpatrick tied it up with two in the sixth. Bitz replied with two in the seventh end to seal the win.

Kirkpatrick had advanced to the semi with a 6-2 win over Kerrobert’s Josh Heidt in the quarter-finals. The game was tied 2-2 after five ends before Kirkpatrick scored two in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

Kirkpatrick opened his tournament on Friday afternoon with a 6-5 loss to Calgary’s Sean O’Connor. Kirkpatrick trailed 3-1 but tied the game up with two in the fourth. O’Connor scored singles in the fifth and sixth ends but Kirkpatrick tied it up again with two in the seventh before O’Connor won with a single in the eighth and final end.

Kirkpatrick rebounded in a big way with a 7-3 win over Medicine Hat’s Trevor Funk when he scored three in the sixth end to put the game out of reach.

The Swift Current rink made it two straight wins with a 9-4 win over Kerrobert’s Brad Heidt. Kirkpatrick trailed 3-2 after three ends before scoring two in the fourth and singles in the fifth and sixth to take a 6-3 lead. Heidt replied with one in the seventh to cut the deficit but Kirkpatrick scored three in the eighth to slam the door shut on any comeback attempt.

Kirkpatrick won his third straight game when he upended Japan’s Yusuke Morosumi 7-2. Kirkpatrick led 3-2 after four ends and scored two in the fifth before stealing two in the sixth to finish off the game.

Kirkpatrick kept the momentum going Sunday evening with a 7-6 win over Airdrie’s Robert Schlender to book a trip to the quarter-finals.

Organizations: World Curling Tour, Swift Current Curling Club

Geographic location: Swift Current, Kerrobert, Regina Calgary Medicine Hat Japan Airdrie

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