It’s not the Brier start that the home province was looking for.
— Mitchell Blair (@scruffyregina) March 3, 2018
Quebec’s Mike Fournier took advantage of two Matt Dunstone misses in the 8th and 9th end as he stole 2 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th to beat the Steve Laycock team 5-2 in Saturday’s opening draw at the Brandt Centre.
Laycock says it’s not the start the team wanted, but there is a long ways to go.
“Yeah, you would obviously like to get in the win column but whether you win six in a row to start or six in a row after that loss it doesn’t change much.” Laycock said. “We had a few missed opportunities in the game and they got theirs in a spot where we just couldn’t get it. In the 8th, we gave up that steal and that was basically the game.
The crowd in attendance gave Laycock a rousing ovation when he was introduced both at the opening ceremonies and before the opening draw. He says it is cool to be the hometown rink and have the support behind you, but at the end of the day you still have to do your job on the ice.
“There’s not a lot of difference. We heard the crowd at the start, but once we got going I didn’t really notice them.” Laycock said. “We know if we get on a roll that will likely change and we hope to start doing that tomorrow.” Laycock will play Manitoba’s Reid Carruthers in the 9 AM draw and New Brunswick’s James Grattan in the 7 PM draw.
When Laycock and Carruthers meet on Sunday morning, there will be many cheering for the hometown rink and others cheering for the hometown boy.
Braeden Moskowy of Regina is the third on the Carruthers rink. He had been waiting for this afternoon for a long time.
“It was pretty sweet,” Moskowy said when talking about his team’s entrance onto the ice.” I’ve been dreaming about that for about 15 years. When we were introduced, Reid turned around and looked me and said “This is loud”. There were some nerves at the start knowing a lot of friends and family (about 50 overall) were there to see my team curl. You look around and you see someone you know. It was neat.”
In other draw 1 games, Carruthers jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two ends and beat Eddie McKenzie of Prince Edward Island12-7 New Brunswick’s James Grattan beat Nunavut’s David St. Louis 9-3, and Brad Jacobs and his Northern Ontario foursome got one in 10 to beat Ontario’s John Epping 4-3.
In Draw 2 action, defending champ Brad Gushue beat Sean Geall of BC 10-2. Geall’s lead David Harper left during the game to fly home as his wife has gone into labour. The Territories beat Newfoundland 9-7, Nova Scotia edged Alberta 7-6 and Mike McEwen and team Wildcard beat the Yukon 5-3.