Bill Crewson’s Muskie rink fell 6-2 to Chinquacousy (Brampton) on Saturday afternoon in the gold-medal game at the all-Ontario curling playdowns in Midland.
The Muskies jumped out to a quick start in the first end, scoring a pair with the hammer to grab a 2-0 lead.
But then they were shut out the rest of the way as Chinquacousy picked up one in the third (the second was blanked), then iced the game by stealing two points in both the fourth and fifth ends.
Chinquacousy also stole one in the sixth, then ran the Muskies out of rocks in the eighth after the seventh end was blanked.
Crewson’s rink, which included third Chris Matheson, second Tyler Bell, lead Matt Gushulak, and fifth Joel Perron, reached the final after downing Sinclair 5-1 in the semi-finals earlier Saturday.
They had edged Sault Ste. Marie 6-4 in their quarter-final matchup Friday afternoon.
Crewson finished the four-game round-robin portion with a 2-2 record in the “Russ Howard” pool, tied with both North Dundas and Lambton Central.
But the Fort crew was awarded the second playoff berth in their pool, behind Pope John Paul II (Toronto), because they had beaten both North Dundas (5-2) and Lambton (5-3).
The top two teams in each of the four pools advanced to the sudden-death playoff round, which pared the field down from the original 20 teams.
Saturday’s loss in the final was Crewson’s last as a Muskie since the OAC student will be graduating from high school this season. The move will allow Matheson to make the transition to team skip for next season.
Sinclair won the bronze-medal game, nipping Don Mills 6-5.