Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 03/8/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
KAMLOOPS, B.C. -- Saskatchewan skip Steven Laycock added another chapter Friday to all the misfortune -- both tragic and comedic -- that has befallen his province during a Brier drought that will be a quarter-century old next year.
Playing Friday morning on the final round-robin draw of the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier and needing a win over New Brunswick to force a playoff tiebreaker game, Laycock appeared to have the game in hand when he scored a three-ender in the eighth end to take what seemed to be a 7-4 stranglehold on his game with James Grattan.
But then, as so often happens to Saskatchewan at this event, everything went wrong.
First, New Brunwsick got a deuce in the ninth end to narrow Saskatchewan's lead to 7-6.
And then, with New Brunswick lying three counters, Laycock was heavy with his final rock of the 10th end to hand New Brunswick a game-winning steal of three and a 9-7 victory -- a swing of five points in the final two ends.
The loss dropped Saskatchewan's round-robin record to 6-5 and handed Quebec the fourth and final playoff spot uncontested at 7-4.
And so you can make that 24 years and counting since Saskatchewan last won a Brier way back in 1980. "We knew that we had to win," said Laycock. "We knew it was in our control to try and get in that tiebreaker. And we just didn't finish that game. It was a really poor last end.
"It's really disappointing to have this opportunity for playoffs (slip away)."
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 8, 2014 $sourceSection0
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Alberta women unbeaten in junior curling
Kerri Einarson will meet Jennifer Jones in the Manitoba women's curling final today
Finally… a sign of weakness
Smith closes opening day at juniors with win
Jones, Einarson to meet in Scotties playoff game
Jones team just ordinary superstars in Winkler
Einarson rocking along unbeaten
Grand Slam of Curling to get bigger, richer
Jones faces Spencer in battle of undefeated Scotties rinks
Mcdonald facing adversity... again
Jones makes it look easy
Jones continues winning streak at Scotties
New Scotties structure in place next month
Einarson, Thurston lead Red Group at Scotties
Eight is more than enough
Einarson scores first eight ender in Scotties history
Jones looms large at Scotties
Winkler facility gets thumbs-up from curlers
Satterthwaite, Mikolajek qualify
Final two berths in Safeway Championship go to Satterthwaite, Mikolajek
A reign in Spain is his goal
Two of four berths at curling championship claimed at Manitoba Open Bonspiel