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Bonot rink in playoffs

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If Trevor Bonot and his rink take care of their own business—they’ll be in business for a spot in the semi-finals.

The Stratton native, with his sister, Jackie McCormick, at third and Thunder Bay Megan and Kory Carr at lead and second, guided Northern Ontario to second play in Pool ‘B’ at the 2017 Canadian mixed curling championship in Yarmouth, N.S.

That gave the rink a berth in the championship pool.

Northern Ontario tied Saskatchewan with a 5-1 record, but skip Brady Scharback topped the pool via a tie-breaker thanks to his 5-2 victory over Bonot yesterday afternoon.

Bonot then took Manitoba last night, which had handed Saskatchewan its only loss.

But after giving up a deuce in the first, Northern Ontario jumped out to an 8-2 lead en route to a 9-4 win.

The championship pool sees the top four teams from Pool ‘A’ and Pool ‘B’ grouped together, with the rinks carrying their round-robin records forward with them.

Northern Ontario currently is tied with Saskatchewan and New Brunswick for second in the championship pool behind Ontario, which topped Pool ‘A’ with a 6-0 mark.

Teams each will play four games against the four teams from the opposite round-robin pool, with wins and losses added to what they already have.

The top four teams record-wise after those games then advance to Saturday’s semi-finals.

Bonot’s first game was earlier today against two-time national mixed champion Paul Flemming of Nova Scotia, who was fourth in Pool ‘A’ at 2-4 and needed a tie-breaker just to get into the championship pool.

Northern Ontario then faces Newfoundland and Labrador (3-3) later today.

Bonot will play Ontario tomorrow morning before facing New Brunswick (5-1).

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