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Gamble, KMS only undefeated rink in Original 16 Cash League

KalTire, BTN, Tax Team all tied for second with 6-1 records
And then there was one.

Ben Gamble and his KMS Construction rink remain the only undefeated team in the Original 16 Cash League standings after the most recent night of competition at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.

They had the night off on Wednesday but carried a 6-0 record into the evening, with Seaborn Insurance (Joel Jordison) the only other unbeaten rink in the 18-team league at 4-0 heading into play.

That all changed before the night was over, as Jordison would drop a 10-6 decision to BTN Chartered Accountants (Danielle Sicinski, 6-1). As could be expected between two of the perennial league contenders, things were exceptionally close in the early going as the teams were tied 3-3 through four ends. Sicinski would look to take control with three in the fifth, only to see Jordison respond with a three-spot of his own the next end to tie things 6-6. That would be the last time they’d score, though, as Sicinski added a deuce in the seventh and stole two in the eighth to finish off the contest.

KalTire (Bob Desjarlais, 6-1) kept pace with the leaders with a 9-4 win over Main Street Strength and Conditioning (Jazmin Ackerman, 0-7). Desjarlais wasted little time taking control of the contest, picking up deuces in each of the first two ends before adding a three-spot in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead. Ackerman would battle back to 7-4, but Desjarlais brought things to an early end with two more in the seventh.

A late rally would also keep Tax Team (Murray Stroeder) with a single loss at 6-1 after they defeated Pro-Tec Electric (Stan Barnsley, 4-2) 8-4. Things were close throughout as Stroeder built a 4-2 lead, but saw Barnsley tied things up with single points in the fifth and sixth. Stroeder would take control from there, though, with two in the seventh and a steal of two more in the eighth closing things off.

Protec Video (Wade Gray, 4-3) posted one of the more commanding wins on the night, scoring points in each of the first five ends – including deuces in the first three – to take an 8-2 win over Walchuk Masonary (Ralph Courtnage, 2-4).

Barb Wallace (1-6) got off to a quick start with a point in the first end against Matt Froehlich (3-4) but wouldn’t score again in the contest as Froehlich would steal two in each of the fourth and fifth ends to take a 6-1 five-end win.

EMJ Marketing (Joe Gunnis, 3-4) and Ackerman Ag (Patrick Ackerman, 1-4) got off to a high-scoring start as they exchanged three-enders to open the game. Gunnis would go on a roll from there, though, with two in each of the third and fourth ends as well as single points in the fifth and sixth to win 9-3.

Paws N Play (David Gray, 3-3) put together an impressive comeback against Forged 365 (Donna Ackerman, 4-3) after giving up a steal of four in fourth end to fall behind 7-3. Gray fought back with one in the fifth and two in the sixth to trail by one 7-6, and after holding Ackerman to one in the seventh, tied thing 8-8 with two in the eighth. Ackerman wouldn’t let things slip away, though, using the hammer to score one in the extra end and win 9-8.

John’s Music (Ryan Wenarchuk, 3-3) staged a late rally to defeat Easy Care Living (Lorraine Arguin, 2-5), scoring one in the sixth before stealing singles in the seventh and eighth for a 5-4 win.

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