The only Southwest rink placed second at Provincials in Swift Current after a strong playoff run
© Steven Mah
Krista Ellingson and Terry Fink
One Southwest rink took part in the 2014 Mixed Doubles Provincial Curling Championship in Swift Current over the weekend.
Kyle’s Krista Ellingson and Terry Fink put together an outstanding playoff run of three straight wins to place second out of six teams.
The Kyle rink opened the tournament with a 10-0 loss in six ends to Outlook’s Kirk Pederson and Trenna Derdall on Friday afternoon.
Ellingson and Fink rebounded in the next draw with a 10-4 win over Regina Highland’s Jared Schlechte and Sherry Just to even their record.
Playing their third straight game Friday, the Kyle rink counted singles in six of eight ends for a 6-4 win over North Battleford’s Cole Tenetuik and Alison Ingram.
Saturday morning, they fell behind 6-0 before getting on the board in an 8-2 loss to Weyburn’s Ryan and Ashley Skjerdal.
They wrapped up the six-team round robin on Saturday afternoon with 7-3 loss to Saskatoon Nutana’s Brent Flaman and Brie Spilchen to finish the round robin in a three-way tie for fourth with a 2-3 record.
The Kyle rink was forced to play in a tie-breaker late Saturday evening and won the rematch with Flaman and Spilchen by a 7-4 final. They scored two in the sixth end to take a 5-3 lead and then added a deuce in the eighth to seal the win.
Ellingson and Fink faced Just and Schlechte in the opening game of the playoffs Sunday morning. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two ends and led 6-3 after six ends. The Regina rink scored two in the seventh and then stole one in the eighth to force an extra end where Ellingson and Fink scored one for a 7-6 win to reach the semi-final.
They made it three straight playoff wins with another 7-6 win over the Skjerdals to reach the championship. The Kyle rink scored three in the first end for an early lead but the Weyburn rink scored two in the fourth and then stole two in the fifth and one in the sixth for a 6-4 lead. Ellingson and Fink battled back with a deuce in the seventh to tie the game and then stole one in the final end to clinch the win.
They faced Outlook’s Pederson and Derdall in the championship game and were behind from the get-go when the Outlook rink posted two in the first and then stole one in the second. The two teams traded points in the next three ends but Pederson and Derdall ended the game with a triple in sixth end for a 7-2 final.
The Outlook rink will now represent Saskatchewan at the Mixed Doubles National Trials in Ottawa on March 19-23.