2023 BC Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships Day 2 Recap
It was a morning start for the men’s side of the competition at the Langley Curling Centre as Day 2 got underway with Draw 4.
Four A-Event semi-finals were on the ice as teams got closer to qualifying for a playoff spot.
After strong wins in their opening matches, Team Craig (Victoria, Duncan, Comox) and Team Buchy (Kimberley, Kelowna, Castlegar) met in the first of the A-Event semi-finals. Team Craig kept their winning energy up, taking the game 7-2.
Team O’Driscoll (Royal City) was looking for a steady win after giving fans an exciting scoreboard in their opening game. Team Nichol (Castlegar, Fruitvale, Grand Forks, Nelson) wanted to keep the momentum going from a solid win earlier in the event. With a final score of 5-2, Team Nichol moved on through the A-Event.
On the other side of the A-Event, Team Koyanagi (Royal City) played against Team Greenlaw (Osoyoos, Marpole, VCC, Duncan), who was coming off a definitive win yesterday morning. Team Koyanagi came out strong, winning the game 6-3.
The last A-Event game on the ice was between Team Sutton (Victoria) and Team Wright (Kelowna, Comox). Team Wright stayed in the A-Event by a score of 9-3.
A-Qualifier games would be played later in the evening featuring the winners of each semi-final.
The men’s B-Event filled out the remainder of the sheets with two games being played.
Team Wood (Victoria) took on Team Frycz (Langley) in the first of these games. With both teams sitting at 1-1 so far, they both wanted to add to the win column. Team Wood came out on top to boost their record to 2-1 and move through the B-Event.
The second B-Event game featured Team Schellekens (Langley) and Team Longworth (Vernon). Team Longworth grabbed the W by a score of 8-4.
In the afternoon, Draw 5 kicked off and the women’s competitors returned to the ice to start their day.
The A-Event saw two semi-finals being played. The first was between home team, Team Andrews (Langley), and Team Gushulak (Royal City, Kelowna). It was Team Gushulak booking their spot in the A-Qualifier game. Final score was 5-3.
The second semi-final featured two teams who are regular competitors in BC: Team Cowan (Royal City, Vancouver) and Team Mychaluk (Langley, Royal City, Parksville). Team Cowan took the game this time by a score of 5-3.
The A-Qualifier game between Team Gushulak and Team Cowan is set to be played at 2:00pm this afternoon.
The women’s B-Event got underway with two games. Team Fedoruk (Victoria) and Team Richter (Penticton) were looking for their first wins of the competition. Team Fedoruk was the lucky one this time around, winning the game 6-2.
Team Arsenault (Vernon, Parksville) and Team Ernst (Quesnel) were on the ice right next to them, also looking for their first wins. With a strong performance, Team Arsenault was able to put it in the win column, 7-3.
In addition to women’s action, Draw 5 also had two men’s B-Event games on the ice with Team Richards (Quesnel) taking on Team Sutton, and Team Leighton (Chilliwack) facing off against Team O’Driscoll.
In the Team Richards versus Team Sutton game, Team Sutton managed to grab a 6-4 victory.
Between Team Leighton and Team O’Driscoll, it was Team O’Driscoll avoiding the C-Event with a 7-2 win.
In the evening, Draw 6 saw a full men’s slate of games again. In this draw, the first men’s playoff qualifiers would be determined. Going for the A1-Qualfiier spot were Team Craig and Team Nichol. Team Craig came through with a 4-3 victory and a spot in the modified page playoff.
In the A2-Qualifier game, Team Koyanagi and Team Wright battled it out. Team Wright earned their playoff spot with a score of 7-6.
The debut of the C-Event filled the remaining sheets at the Langley Curling Centre, with four games on the ice. All teams in the C-Event were in a must-win scenario to stay alive in the competition.
Team Lepine (Langley, Vancouver) was hoping the break could be used to their advantage against Team Leighton, who was preparing to come in for back-to-back games. Team Leighton snagged a 6-4 win to keep their championship hopes alive.
Team Strathdee (Penticton, Abbotsford) and Team Schellekens were playing out their game on the other side of rink, but the stakes were just as high. With a final score of 4-3, Team Strathdee took the game and the spot in the next game of the C-Event.
Team McArdle (Royal City) and Team Richards were on the sheet right next to them. Team McArdle won this intense game 6-4.
In the last game on the ice, Team Ihlen (McArthur Island/Kamloops) sought to stay in the competition to represent the City of Kamloops, but Team Frycz was just as keen to stay in the competition. Team Frycz stayed alive with a score of 7-4.
Games continue today, with the men’s and women’s B-Event action starting at 9:00am.
Watch the even live on the Curl BC YouTube channel: Curl BC – YouTube
This event is supported in part by grants from the Province of British Columbia and Hosting BC.