Vernon’s Jim Cotter defeated Nova Scotia 8-7 in an extra end in their opening game at the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian Men’s Curling Championships in Brandon Saturday. (Lindsay Chung photo)

B.C. rink wins opening game at Brier

Jim Cotter’s Okanagan-Saskatoon foursome uses last rock to edge Nova Scotia 8-7; play Nunavut today

Vernon’s Jim Cotter opened the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier Canadian Men’s Curling Championships in Brandon with a hard-fought win.

Cotter, backed by third Steve Laycock of Saskatoon, second Tyrel Griffith of Kelowna and lead Rick Sawatsky of Vernon, needed an extra end to subdue Nova Scotia’s Stuart Thompson of Dartmouth 8-7 Saturday night.

Cotter, appearing in his eighth Brier, as are Laycock and Sawatsky (Griffith is in his sixth national championship), hit and stuck in front of a pair of Nova Scotia stones with the last rock to score the winning point in the 11th end.

Thompson, the youngest skip in Brandon at 26, making his Brier debut, had a chance to score two for the win in the 10th end, but was heavy on his final stone draw.

Cotter, likewise, was heavy with his final stone in nine with a chance to score three, and settled for a deuce and a 7-6 lead without hammer heading home.

RELATED: Vernon rink Brandon-bound for Brier

The B.C. champs (1-0) will play David St. Louis of Nunavut (0-1) Sunday at noon Pacific time.

In other Pool B action on opening day:

* Two-time defending champion Brad Gushue of Newfoundland/Labrador had his hands full and needed a last-rock draw in the 10th end to finally subdue rookie Scott McDonald of Ontario 7-6.

* Three-time Tim Hortons Brier champion Kevin Koe and Team Alberta (1-0, Calgary) stole deuces in the eighth and ninth to beat his brother, Jamie Koe and Team Northwest Territories (0-1, Yellowknife) 9-4.

Terry Odishaw and Team New Brunswick (1-0, Moncton) stole seven points in three ends and went on to beat David St. Louis and Team Nunavut (0-1, Iqaluit) 10-2.

Teams winning in Pool A included Northern Ontario (Brad Jacobs), Manitoba (Mike McEwen), Prince Edward Island (John Likely) and Quebec (Martin Crete).

There are eight rinks in both pools. After a seven-game pool round-robin, the top four in each group advance, bringing their records into a four-game round-robin with the other pool. The top four teams from there move on to the page playoffs.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Make a Difference auction raises $269,000 for Foodgrains Bank

Event at McClary’s Stockyard in Abbotsford crushes previous record

Your daily commute and weather forecast: Mar. 26, 2019

Risk of thunderstorms this morning, but clearing skies for a sunny Wednesday

Fraser Valley Symphony presents Somerset Trio

Concert on April 7 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in Abbotsford

Stranger climbs onto second-storey patio and lights fire in barbecue

Incident in Abbotsford terrifies family with two-year-old child

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds advance to BCMML final

T-birds eliminate Okanagan Rockets, take on Cariboo Cougars in final this weekend

VIDEO: Creativ Festival comes to Abbotsford

Event highlighting crafts takes over Tradex on Friday and Saturday

Harbour Air to convert to all-electric seaplanes

Seaplane company to modify fleet with a 750-horsepower electric motor

VIDEO: Teenage girl was person killed in three-vehicle crash in Coquitlam

Police are investigating the fatal crash at Mariner Way and Riverview Crescent

Sailings cancelled after BC Ferries boat hits Langdale terminal

The Queen of Surrey is stuck on the dock, causing delays to Horseshoe Bay trips

5 to start your day

Fatal crash in Coquitlam, stranger climbs onto balcony and lights fire, and more

Eviction halted for B.C. woman deemed ‘too young’ for seniors’ home

Zoe Nagler, 46, had been given notice after living in the seniors complex in Comox for six years

Video of ‘shocking, chilling execution’ opens B.C. murder hearing

Sentencing underway for Brandon Woody after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in Nanaimo

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

SPCA seizes 54 animals from Vernon property

Animals weren’t receiving adequate care

Most Read