The curling season is still young, but Regina’s Braeden Moskowy says the decision to break away from the Reid Carruthers rink and come home to form a new rink looks to have been the right move.
Moskowy, who is throwing third stones for the team he recruited which is being skipped by Matt Dunstone, has seen his squad have a lot of early success this season.
The team, who was eliminated from playoff action at the Grand Slam of Curling’s Tour Challenge in Thunder Bay losing a tie-breaker to Glenn Howard on Saturday, is coming off a win at a World Curling Tour event last weekend in Morris, Manitoba where he beat another newly formed Saskatchewan rink skipped by Saskatoon’s Kirk Muyres. It was the team’s second win of the year having captured a spiel in BC earlier in the season.
Moskowy, who is joined by Dunstone, second Catlin Schneider and lead Dustin Kidby on the team, feels Dunstone has really taken his game to another level this season.
“I’ve noticed a difference. Being a new player on the Steve Laycock team last year may have put too much pressure on his shoulders. I can’t tell you how impressed I have been with his demeanour and his ice-reading ability.” Moskowy said. “I’ve been impressed with everything he brings to the table including stuff I hadn’t noticed before not being on the same team as him.”
The performances the rink have had this year means they may be one of the rinks at the upcoming Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling in Estevan next month. It’s a goal the team may be able to scratch off its list of to-do things.
“Anytime you get to play an event of that magnitude in Saskatchewan being a Saskatchewan rink is huge. Other than getting to the Brier, that was one of the things we wanted to do.” Moskowy said. “I was super jealous of the Laycock boys playing at the Brier as the hometown team last year so having a chance to represent Saskatchewan in Estevan would be great. That’s our hope. ”