Skip Myron Nichol’s Team defeated Team Les Lepine on Thursday at Kootenay Savings Super League Curling. Photo: Jim Bailey.

Skip Myron Nichol’s Team defeated Team Les Lepine on Thursday at Kootenay Savings Super League Curling. Photo: Jim Bailey.

Kootenay Savings Super League: van Yzerloo-Albo game goes down to wire

Kootenay Savings Super League curling slides into the Trail Curling Club every Thursday night

There was a reduced number of games this past week in the Kootenay Savings Super League, as the weather forced Team Bartlett Excavating to postpone their game with Team Brian LeMoel.

It was a back and forth affair, with so many great shots made in the game between Team Darrin Albo from Rossland and the Castlegar Team skipped by Bill van Yzerloo. Team van Yzerloo got the jump early in the first, sitting four at one time, before Albo third Dennis Schlender ran a triple.

Related read: Albo storms back for big win over Lepine

Skip van Yzerloo responded with a perfect hit n roll behind cover, leading to a steal of one. Team van Yzerloo was looking to steal again in the second, but again Schlender came up with a super shot, a run back double take-out, that led to an Albo deuce.

Team van Yzerloo benefitted from a couple of Plan B shots in the third and fifth ends to put up two’s with their hammer, sandwiched around another Albo deuce in the fourth. Leading 5-4, Team van Yzerloo went three up in the sixth with a steal of two, when Skip Albo’s last rock draw slid too far.

It looked like the game was over in the seventh when Skip Bill made a delicate come around raise tap to the button to lie one, totally buried. But Skip Albo came up with arguably the shot of the year so far, when he threw a peel weight takeout onto a van Yzerloo stone in the top left 12-foot, which angled perfectly to the shot stone on the button, removing both, and leaving an Albo two spot, to be one down coming home without.

It was a tense eighth, with Skip van Yzerloo, facing three, calmly hitting and sticking for one and an 8-6 win.

Team Myron Nichol of Castlegar controlled the game over Team Les Lepine, starting with an open draw for two in the first. Skip Myron made a perfect wide pathed draw to the button in the second for a steal of one after Skip Lepine’s last rock run-back just missed.

Skip Les made a nice double take-out for one in the third. Team Nichol extended their lead with an open hit for two in the fourth, followed by Team Lepine putting up a deuce of their own in the fifth with an open draw for two. Team Lepine was in position to steal the sixth, sitting one covered on the button, before Skip Nichol made a delicate raise tap through a port, knocking the shot stone just far enough to score a big three, and a conceding 8-3 victory.

Team Ken Fines took on a depleted Team Nathan Small, missing Skip Small and third James McKenzie, as young Reese Whitehead stepped up, and took the reins on this night.

Again, it was one bad end that did in Team Fines. With most of the rocks in play, Skip Fines couldn’t find a clear path to the 4-foot, resulting in a Team Small steal of one in the first.

It was a defensive battle over the next three ends, with Team Fines being forced to take one in the second and fourth ends, and Team Small forced to one in the third. The game turned in Team Small’s favour in the fifth, with Skip Whitehead making a perfect cross-ice double take-out on his first, then after Skip Fines last rock draw clipped a guard, Reece made a free draw for four.

Team Small salted the game away with a steal of one in the sixth for an 8-2 win, that was much closer than the score indicated.

Related read: van Yzerloo takes round 1 in battle of last year’s top seeds



sports@trailtimes.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Forty-seven vaccination clinics will open across Interior Health beginning March 15. (Canadian Press)
48 COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open across Interior Health

Select groups can book appointments starting Monday

Seniors in the Interior Health region can book their COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 a.m. (File photo)
Seniors in Interior Heath region can book COVID-19 shots starting Monday

Starting March 8 the vaccination call centre will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

.
Eight weeks with no new COVID-19 cases in Castlegar

The latest localized BCDCD COVID-19 numbers

Jasper after he was reunited with his owners Mary and Brent Hummel. Photo: Steve Smith
New children’s book features lost Castlegar dog who swam the Columbia multiple times

Brent and Mary Hummel and Jasper tell their dramatic story

Katelyn Quiding and Chloe Coleman on Pink Shirt Day. Photo: Submitted
Student Column: February happenings at Castlegar’s high school

February was quite the month for SHSS and everyone was very busy… Continue reading

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Ex-B.C. teacher who was CFL kicker charged with assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

Most Read