THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – Thunder Bay was the host of this year’s 59th Canadian Firefighters Curling Championships held at Port Arthur Curling Club.
Throughout the week, Saskatchewan played strong finishing 10-0 in round robin play with Alberta finishing 9-1 and losing their only game to Saskatchewan. So it’s not surprising that we would see these 2 teams fight for the tankard in the final.
Saskatchewan came out strong in the 1st end taking 4 to open up the game.
Alberta pushed back with a deuce in the 2nd.
Misses by skip Gregg Tarasoff of Saskatchewan in the 3rd and 4th allowed skip Aaron Bartling to steal 2 and get back in the game tied at 4-4 going into the 5th end break.
The break allowed the Saskatchewan rink to gain their momentum back scoring two in the 6th and stealing one in the 7th to quickly go up 7-4.
A cold draw by Bartling to the 4 foot in the 8th closed the gap to 7-5. A draw by Tarasoff that slide past the 4 foot in the 9 had Bartling and his rink battle back to tie the game going into the 10th.
Bartling sitting frozen in the eight-foot forced Tarasoff to make a draw to the 4 foot in the 10th to take the win.