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BC wins three medals at 2018 Canadian Masters

BC has claimed the women’s gold medal and Alberta has claimed the men’s gold medal at the 2018 Coastland Engineering and Surveying Canadian Masters Curling Championship at Cloverdale Curling Club and Peace Arch Curling Centre.

Skip Pat Sanders’ BC team of third Lorraine Gagnon, second Sherry Findlay and lead Roselyn Craig claimed the gold medal over Saskatchewan’s defending gold medal team of skip Delores Syrota, third Beverly Krasowski, second Donna Liebrecht and lead Sylvia Broad. The last time a BC team won the women’s gold medal was in 2015. Saskatchewan is taking home the silver.

Sanders is adding to her many accolades with this gold medal. She is a 1987 Women’s World Champion, 2009 and 2011 Senior Women’s World Champion, and 2012 inductee to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.

While Saskatchewan started off the game by taking one point in the first end, BC had a massive second end in which they scored four points, followed by a single point in the third to take the lead 5-1. Saskatchewan responded with one point in the fourth and two in the fifth to close the gap and make the score 5-4, but BC secured the win with three points in the sixth. The final score was 8-4 for BC.

Skip Mickey Pendergast’s Alberta team of third Rob Armitage, second Randy Ponich and lead Rick Hjertaas improved on Alberta’s 2017 performance at the Canadian Masters, where they won silver. They have won the gold medal after beating BC’s team of skip Craig Lepine, third Neil Houston, second Craig McLeod and lead Kevin Jeannotte. BC is taking home the silver.

Alberta took the lead from the start, scoring single points in the first and second ends to take a 2-0 lead. BC got a single point of their own in the third, but Alberta responded with yet another in the fourth to make the score 3-1. BC’s final point came in the fifth end, after which Alberta secured their 8-2 victory with two points in the sixth end and three points in the seventh end.

BC won their third medal of the day in the men’s bronze medal game, in which the BC-Host team of skip Rob Koffski, third Pat Ryan, second Randy Nelson and lead Glen Brennan beat Manitoba’s team of skip Mark Franklin, third Brent McCannell, second Bill Menzies and lead Larry Borus.

The BC-Host team started with a single point in the second end, which was matched by a single point from Manitoba in the third end. Koffski’s team took the lead again in the fourth end with another single. They scored one more in the eighth end to finish the game with a score of 3-1.

Nova Scotia’s women’s team of skip Colleen Pinkney, third Margaret Cutcliffe, second Karen Hennigar and lead Susan Creelman won the women’s bronze medal game over Ontario’s team of skip Dale Curtis, third Rosemary Gowman, second Brenda Clark and lead Susan Martin.

Ontario stole a single point in the first end before Nova Scotia responded with two in the second, one in the third, and one in the fourth. Ontario made their final effort with two in the fifth and one in the sixth to tie the game 4-4, but Nova Scotia won the game with two points in the seventh end to finish with a score of 6-4.

“On behalf of the 175 volunteers, it has been our pleasure to host the 26 teams from across the country. We have been treated to a wonderful week of curling and exciting finals,” said event coordinator Nigel Easton. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our title sponsor, Coastland Engineering and Surveying Ltd, along with Key West Ford, Tim Hortons and Elements Casino for their generous support to this event. Thank you to both Cloverdale and Peace Arch Curling Clubs for hosting the 2018 National Masters. We wish everyone a safe trip home.”

Game results can be found on the event website: www.2018masterscurling.com

Photos from the event can be found here: https://bit.ly/2ItPOKQ

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