Local rink reaches final in Saskatchewan Curling Tour event at home
© Scott Anderson
The Max Kirkpatrick rink continued an outstanding start to the season with a second-place finish at a Saskatchewan Curling Tour event at home over the weekend.
The Swift Current rink advanced all the way to the Full Line Ag Cash Spiel championship game where they lost 7-1 to Darrell McKee.
Kirkpatrick’s team was comprised of lead Shawn Heibert, second Jeff Chambers, third Shaun Meachem, and Kirkpatrick. They had curled in the semi-finals at a World Curling Tour event just two weeks earlier in Medicine Hat.
McKee opened the championship game with the hammer and counted three in the first end before blanking the second and stealing two in the third to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Kirkpatrick answered with one in the fourth but McKee replied with two in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Kirkpatrick opened the tournament with a 6-4 win over Tyler Krupski and followed up with an 8-5 win over Catlin Schneider on Saturday to reach the A Event final. He missed a chance to advance to the Championship Event when he suffered an 8-6 loss to William Coutts when Coutts scored two in the eighth and final end.
Kirkpatrick dropped to the C Event and knocked out Swift Current’s Ken Koster after scoring three in the first end with the hammer and adding four in the third for a 7-1 final tally.
Kirkpatrick got a rematch with Schneider in the quarter-final and blanked him 6-0. Kirkpatrick opened the game with four in the first end, added a steal of one in the second, and a steal of two in the third to finish things off.
He also had to rematch with Coutts and topped him 6-4 in the semi-final on Sunday. Kirkpatrick trailed 3-1 after four ends before scoring one in the fifth and tying it with a steal of one in the sixth. Coutts scored one in the seventh to regain a 4-3 lead but Kirkpatrick counted three in the eighth to advance to the championship game.
Koster’s rink opened the tournament with a 5-4 loss to Coutts to drop out of the A Event on Friday. They were bounced from the B Event with a 6-2 loss to Shawn Joyce on Saturday. Koster picked up his only win on Saturday with an 8-4 win over Krupski before being eliminated by Kirkpatrick.
Koster was joined by lead Rod Quintin, second Mitch Minken, and third Dan Kennedy.
The next event on the SCT calendar is the Unity Curling Club Sifto Cash Spiel on November 15-17.