Winner in a state of shock
Terrick can’t believe she’s Manitoba champ, McDonald takes men’s crown
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PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE — Zoey Terrick had a tough time coming to grips with the fact she’d just won the Manitoba under-21 women’s curling championship with her sisters on Saturday.
“I don’t think it’s going to hit me until a couple of days before we go to nationals and we get all of our team Manitoba gear,” said Zoey, who was thrilled Jaycee and Tessa Terrick were on board for the ride.
The team, which plays out of the Heather Club in Winnipeg, scored the winning point in an extra end to defeat Grace Beaudry’s St. Vital squad 9-8 in the provincial final.
Zoey calls the game and throws third stones, Jaycee delivers the final rocks, while Tessa plays lead. Jensen Letham has the second duties.
Meanwhile, Jordon McDonald of Deer Lodge in Winnipeg successfully defended the provincial under-21 men’s title with an 8-7 win over Virden’s Jace Freeman.
The teams will don the buffalo crest at the 2023 Canadian junior championships, March 25 to April 2 in Rouyn-Noranda, Que.
The nationals have an expanded field, paving the way for the Beaudry and Freeman teams to qualify as well.
This season marks the first time the Terrick sisters have played together competitively. Zoey and Jaycee both study at the University of Manitoba, while Tessa is in her Grade 12 year back home.
The family hails from McCreary, a community near the eastern border of Riding Mountain National Park.
“It’s a great feeling to win the yellow jacket, but to do it with my sisters in my last year of junior means so much more,” said Jaycee.
The Terrick crew won the ‘A’ event final over top-seed Katy Lukowich of the Granite on Thursday but lost an 8-6 affair to Beaudry in the 1 vs. 2 Page playoff game Friday night.
They rebounded Saturday morning with a 7-3 triumph over Cheyenne Ehnes from the Pembina to earn a rematch with Beaudry.
“We knew that we had to work hard once we got the playoffs if we wanted to reach our goal,” Zoey said. “The competition wasn’t going to be easy and we needed to make sure that we stayed positive no matter what the situation.”
That approach proved to be key in the final as Beaudry jumped out to a 5-1 advantage after three ends.
The Terrick team clawed their way back and eventually took an 8-7 lead in the ninth after scoring a three-ender.
Emily Ogg, who throws fourth stones for Beaudry, made a takeout in the 10th to force an extra, but Jaycee used hammer to draw to the eight-foot to secure the triumph.
“We had communicated so well all week and we always seem to know what the ice was doing, which probably helped us out the most in the final,” Jaycee said.
“When we played Grace on Friday, we had chances to get two or three points a few times, but we just couldn’t find the finish when we needed it. It was the opposite in the final and that’s how we got back into the game.”
McDonald also used last-rock advantage to clinch his second straight junior title with a draw to the eight-foot in the 10th.
The provincial win capped off what has been a dominant campaign for the team, which features Reece Hamm at third, Elias Huminicki at second and Cameron Olafson at lead. Their only loss in junior play came to a U.S. squad in the semifinal of the Sun Life Junior Challenge in Brandon.
“I think a lot of our success comes from experience,” said McDonald, who finished fourth at the 2022 Canadian juniors in Stratford, Ont. “After last season, we had a better idea of how to prepare ourselves for each event.
“To have such a strong season and combine that with a provincial title is a pretty amazing feeling.”
— Brandon Sun
Updated on Monday, January 23, 2023 7:00 AM CST: Adds headline, adds deck