Team Ontario is looking good after Thursday night’s thrilling 8-6 win over Nova Scotia.
With this being skip John Epping’s first Tim Hortons Brier, the Toronto-based rink is looking good as they clinched a spot in the page playoffs.
Epping says his team is used to big games against big teams.
“I’ve gotten that question a lot this week, the ‘oh, it’s your first Brier,’ but I think people forget that I’ve been to three Olympic trials, four Canada Cups, and those fields are even deeper than these fields, so it feels pretty good to us,” Epping says. “The last two Canada Cups, which are the top seven (teams) in Canada, we’ve won the Bronze medal in the last two, so we’re not surprised we’re in the mix.”
Epping says playing out of Ontario and facing legendary skip Glenn Howard in provincials every year was a major hurdle for his team.
Epping later spoke about what is going so well for his team.
“I just think we’ve come in really wanted to enjoy this week,” Epping says. “It’s been a long grind, that four-year quadrennial leading to the Olympic trials, we put so much into that. It’s near the end of the season and we just really wanted to have fun this week and we’ve done that.”
Epping will face the Brendan Bottcher rink out of Alberta Friday afternoon as Championship pool play continues.