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Jackson splits opening matches

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Lorne Jackson’s Fort Frances rink fell to 1-1 after losing 9-6 to Al Harnden (Sault Ste. Marie) last night at the Northern Ontario men’s curling championships in Sudbury.

Harnden took a commanding 4-0 lead through three ends before Jackson cut the deficit in half thanks to a deuce in the fourth.

But Harnden stormed back with three in the fifth to grab a 7-2 lead and never looked back.

Jackson had opened action Monday with a thrilling 9-7 victory over Brian Adams Jr. (Port Arthur)—jumping out to a 6-0 lead at the fifth-end break before holding on to win it in an extra end.

Jackson, whose rink includes third Don DeBenedet, second Derek Jackson, and lead Mike Kjerulf, had a bye in yesterday afternoon’s draw before squaring off against Harnden last night.

(DeBenedet also plays third for Raymond Roy’s rink, which has advanced to the senior men’s provincial playdowns).

Jackson is looking to get back on the winning track today when he faces Tom Armstrong (Kirkland Lake) at 2 p.m. (EST) before squaring off against Jeff Zechner (Nipigon) at 7:30 p.m. (EST).

Armstrong had a record of 1-2 heading into play today while Zechner was sitting at 2-1.

Nine rinks are vying for the right to represent Northern Ontario at the Tim Hortons Brier coming up March 3-11 in Hamilton.

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