After getting their clock cleaned by an unlikely conqueror, the Scott Gobeil rink got their timing back to overcome the French resistance.
The Northern Ontario foursome—which includes third Jeff Simpkins, second Dennis Smith, and lead Pete LeDrew—split their two games yesterday to sit in a three-way tie for second at the Canadian Police Curling Championship in Summerside, P.E.I.
Gobeil is tied with Garth Mitchell (Ontario) and Mark Johnson (Alberta) at 3-1. British Columbia’s Barry Meyer leads the pack with a perfect 4-0 mark after two days of action.
The local squad got a bitter taste of northern exposure in their afternoon draw as previously winless Ross Milward of the Territories rolled to a 10-1 victory in just six ends.
Milward, who appeared in the Brier both this year and in 2000, scored two in the first, then stole two more in the second and singles in the third and fourth to go up 6-0.
Gobeil managed his only point of the game in the fifth, then packed it in after Milward scored a four-ender in the sixth.
Still licking their wounds, Northern Ontario quickly fell behind Eric Harvey of Quebec (1-3), but rebounded in a wild back-and-forth affair that resulted in a 13-8 victory for Gobeil in eight ends.
Harvey jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, but Gobeil fought back to take three in the second. After singles by Harvey in the third and fourth, Northern Ontario struck for four in the fifth to go up 7-6.
Quebec notched a deuce in the sixth to regain the lead, but Gobeil ensured there would be no second comeback when he posted a five-ender in the seventh, then stole one in the eighth to prompt Harvey to shake hands.
Gobeil hit the ice again at noon today to face New Brunswick’s Tom Berry (1-3), then tangles with Saskatchewan’s Roger Pick (1-3) in the evening draw beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The quarter-finals (and any tie-breakers, if necessary) are slated for Friday, while the semi-finals and final will take place Saturday.