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BTN Accountants pick up win in battle of Original 16 Cash League top teams

Barker cements first place with 9-3 win over KMS Construction, RK Sunview Farms pick up second win of season

Barring an unusual turn of events, odds are BTN Chartered Accountants will once again finish in first place in the Original 16 Cash League regular season after results on Wednesday night at the Moose Jaw Curling Centre.

BTN, skipped by two-time Viterra Scotties champion Penny Barker, improved to 13-1 on the campaign with a 9-3 victory over one of their fellow top contenders in Ben Gamble’s KMS Construction foursome. Gamble dropped to 10-5 with the loss to sit comfortably in third place.

Things were close early in the contest, as Gamble scored a pair in the fifth end to make it a 4-3 lead for Barker heading into the break. BTN promptly took control of things with three in the sixth, though, and a steal of two in the seventh brought things to an early end.

Fountain Tire (Barry Silk, 12-3) kept pace with the leaders thanks to an 8-5 win over Wade Gray (6-9). That, too, was a battle through the first five ends, with Silk picking up two in the fourth for a 3-2 lead, only for Gray to come right back with one the next end to tie things up. Silk took control from there, though, scoring two in the sixth and another deuce in the eighth to lock up the win.

RK Sunview Farms (Dayne Heisler, 2-13) returned to the win column thanks to a 6-2 win over Leeville Construction (Curtis Woloschuk, 5-9). Holding a 2-1 lead through four ends, Heisler picked up a pair in the fifth and after limiting Woloschuk to a single point in the sixth, he’d add another two in the seventh for the four-point win.

Ryder Helmeczi (5-9) used back-to-back big ends to stage a comeback 7-5 win over Young and Young Automotive (Stan Barnsley, 7-8). After giving up three in the first, Helmeczi picked up single points the next two ends before trailing 4-2 through four. Things changed dramatically in the fifth, as Helmeczi scored three and followed up with a steal of two for a 7-4 lead. Barnsley would only get one in the seventh but ran out of rocks in the final end.

John’s Music (Ryan Wenarchuk, 8-7) moved a game above .500 thanks to a fast start that led to an 8-6 win over EMJ Marketing (Joe Gunnis, 5-9). Wenarchuk scored three in the first and after EMJ battled back to tie the game the next two ends, scored four in the fourth for a 7-3 lead. A steal the next end made it 8-3, but Gunnis didn’t go quietly, picking up points the next three ends before just falling short.

League action continues every Wednesday night at the Moose Jaw Curling Centre.

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