cheap dr martens boots uk Scrappy Alberta beats Gushue
REGINA If it was graduation day for the U of A team in the morning, it was graduating with honors in the evening as they first stole two and then scored FIVE to clobber Wildcard Mike McEwen 9 2.
Bottcher Alberta and Gushue Team Canada, 7 2 winners over Newfoundland in the advanced to crossover play with 6 1 records while McEwen advanced with a 5 2 record. Jamie Murphy of Nova Scotia also advanced at 4 3.
In B pool, Ontario John Epping and Northern Ontario Brad Jacobs got through at 6 1 with Manitoba Reid Carruthers at 5 2 and Saskatchewan Steve Laycock at 4 3.
was graduation day. I really think it was, said Darren Moulding, the 35 year old third who didn come out of Rob Krepp university program and is currently employed as the icemaker at the Lacombe Curling Club.
time you get a big win like that in the Brier against a team like that in a situation like this, that exactly what it was. wasn just that Alberta beat the defending Brier and world champion Gushue 10 7 Wednesday morning to clinch a spot in the championship round of this new fangled Brier, Bottcher team beat the last undefeated team out there on the morning of the last day of pool play.
It was, arguably, the most significant result of the five days of round robin play and, perhaps, in the curling careers of all involved.
not here to squeak into the championship round, Moulding said. here to make the playoffs. hasn been pretty as the team scrapped and scraped through the first five days.
tough. We don give up,
Moulding added. all really competitive and we believe in ourselves. But we needed to get a big win like that against a top team. think that game makes a statement about this team, said Bottcher, who won the 2012 world juniors and kept his Golden Bears front end players Brad Thiessen and Karrick Martin to move on to the top level, making it to the Road of the Ring Olympic trials in December and finishing with a 4 4 record.
think we been building throughout this first week. I don think we played as well as we needed to throughout the first three, four or even five games, added the skip who took this team to the Brier last year and finished with a 3 8 record.
While Kevin Koe was there wearing Team Canada colours and making it to the 2017 Brier final with his defending champion Alberta team, Bottcher was a bust. Only Stu Beagle of Blackie ever had a worse record for a team wearing the provincial crest on his back, with one win and eight losses in 1949.
knew today was going to be a very important day for this team, Bottcher said Wednesday, I glad this team came out and carried that forward. ended up with the top two teams in the pool, Gushue and wild card McEwen, on the final day of play. The potential was there to lose both and end up in a tiebreak situation.
definitely don want to lose too many in the round robin of this new format or you have to win all four games in the championship round, Bottcher said. games aren going to get easier for sure.
But having a game like we had against Gushue is going to make it easier for us to go forward. outshot Mark Nichols 86% 80% and Bottcher outshot Gushue 87% 71% to make it happen.
WAY TO GO OH,
The goal when the new format Brier started, for most teams, was to survive and advance to the championship round of this new 16 team, two pool production.
So, what happens when you do that and realize you are basically dead upon arrival?
That was the situation Jamie Koe of the Northwest Territories and Jamie Murphy of Nova Scotia faced when they went into the final day of round robin pool play.
They were both 2 3 and sitting tied for fourth in Pool A. They looked like they could be headed to a tiebreaker game. here Wednesday morning and dropped to 2 4.
And even then he wasn dead yet. way we just played it would probably be a good thing if we weren around in the next round because it could be pretty ugly. TO DIAL IT UP
Gushue said his team figured out early on that the new Brier set up was a different animal. He thought they had the proper game plan to proceed.
Only, when they got to Wednesday, they didn start to dial it up like they planned and ended up the last team to lose a game, dropping a 10 7 decision to Bottcher.
was an ugly morning. It didn feel like anything was going right, Gushue said.
It was smooth sailing until then.
at the beginning we kind of eased our way into it. We knew that coming Thursday and Friday we needed to be firing on all cylinders. It just been a different mental approach, he added.
one loss to go into the championship round, isn that bad. It really where the event starts when we have that crossover. It looks like all the top teams are going to go into the playoffs with maybe one loss or two.
you have a good Thursday and Friday, you could finish first. If you have a bad Thursday and Friday, you are out of the playoffs. the Brier begin!