Tenetuik wins four straight to advance

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Corbin fails to advance at junior curling provincials

Cole Tenetuik lost a heartbreaker to open the Junior Men’s Provincial Curling Championships.

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The Moose Jaw skip shook it off and reeled off four straight wins to advance to the Page playoffs Monday in North Battleford.

Tenetuik beat Justin Anderson from the Saskatoon Sutherland 14-3 in eight ends in Sunday’s late draw to finish 4-1 in Pool A.

“I’m very happy with how we’re playing. Everybody has been really crisp. Everyone is making their shots,” said Tenetuik.

Tenetuik will face the second place finisher in Pool B, while the two pool winners square off in the Page playoffs.

At the Junior Women’s Provincial Curling Championships, Moose Jaw’s Kaitlin Corbin lost 8-6 to Saskatoon’s Danielle Bretsch in her final pool game to be eliminated from contention. Corbin finished with a 2-3 record. She could have advanced to a tiebreak with a win against Bretsch.

Tenetuik and his rink of third Travis Tokarz, second Garret Springer and lead Aaron Verbeem nearly won their first game against defending champion Brady Scharback, but gave up a steal in the 10th end to lose 5-4.

“Our first game was probably the best game we’ve ever played as a rink,” said Tenetuik, whose rink is in their first season together. “They’re the defending champions and I had a shot to win the game and I just missed a double.”

They felt their play in the close loss was a positive.

“I wasn’t discouraged at all. We wanted to keep it close with them and we did,” he said.

Tenetuik attends SIAST Palliser in Moose Jaw, but is from Battlefords. His rink curls out of the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.

Saturday, Tenetuik beat Regina’s Austin Williams 9-3 and then beat Saskatoon’s Jeremy Van Der Buhs 7-3.

Against Kevin Haines’ winless Regina Callie rink, Tenetuik fell behind 5-1 early by rallied to tie the game. He took two in an extra end to win 10-8 in Sunday’s early draw.

Against Anderson, Tenetuik scored two points with the hammer in the first end and then stole three in the second to grab an early 5-0 lead. They were in control all the way and scored a five-ender in the eighth end to end the game.

Corbin and her rink of third Karlee Fesser, second Sarah Hoag, lead Renee Michaud and coach Darcey Huyghebeart lost both of their Sunday games after a good start to the championship.

After winning their first game, Corbin lost 8-7 in an extra end to Jessica Hanson. Hanson scored two in the 10th end to tie the game and then stole one in the 11th to win. They rallied to beat Allyson Grywasheski from Naicam 8-6 after they grabbed a 4-0 lead.

In Sunday’s early draw, Corbin gave up five in the third to Brooke Tokarz and never recovered in an 11-3 loss.

Against Bertsch, Corbin scored three in the fifth end to tie the game 4-4, but immediately gave up three in the sixth end to fall behind again. She had the hammer in the 10th, but wasn't able to make up the three-point deficit.

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, North Battleford.Tenetuik

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