The Scott Gobeil rink, representing Manitoba, lost 9-8 in an extra end to Newfoundland this morning to fall to 4-5 at the Canadian Police Curling Championships in Hamilton.
Gobeil wrapped up round-robin play this afternoon against Nova Scotia (the outcome was not known by press time) because Manitoba has the bye in tomorrow morning’s final round-robin draw.
The playoffs begin tomorrow afternoon.
Gobeil, whose rink includes third Dave Priestly and second Scott Bell, both of the Winnipeg Police Service, along with lead Dennis Smith, an OPP officer for 21 years, split their two draws Wednesday.
They lost 8-1 to B.C. in the morning draw, but then rebounded with an 8-5 victory over New Brunswick yesterday afternoon.
Heading into action this afternoon, Ontario still led the standings with a 7-1 record after beating B.C. 10-1 this morning.
Team Canada was in second place at 6-2 record after having the bye for this morning’s draw.