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Saskatchewan going for gold at Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship

Semifinal win over Alberta sends Dash foursome into championship final Friday afternoon at Moose Jaw Curling Centre
Gil Dash, Darwin Bender and Team Saskatchewan 1 are going for Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship gold on Friday afternoon.

Saskatchewan is one win away from claiming gold on home ice at the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship.

Skip Gil Dash, third Marie Wright, second Darwin Bender and lead Moose Gibson booked their spot in the title game on Friday morning with an 8-2 win over Alberta 1’s Jack Smart, with that victory coming on the heels of an 8-2 win over Quebec’s Benoit Lessard in their final championship pool game Thursday.

As a result, Dash and crew will take the ice against Northern Ontario’s Douglas Dean for gold at 1:30 p.m. at the Moose Jaw Curling Centre.

Things were close in the early going against Alberta 1, with Saskatchewan holding a 2-1 lead through three ends against Smart, third Martin Purvis, second Terry Fowler and lead Wendy Frazier. A deuce in the fourth gave Dash control of the game, though, and after the teams exchanged points the next two ends, a steal of three in the seventh brought things to a close.

Team Sask left nothing to chance in their final championship pool game Thursday, with a win there giving them a semifinal berth outright.

Dash put up a three-spot off the hop against Quebec’s Lessard, third Carl Marquis, second Johanne Mathieu and lead Francois Lacourse, and with a 4-2 lead through four ends, another three in the fifth gave Saskatchewan complete control heading home. They’d add one more in the sixth and call it a night

Saskatchewan 1 now faces a Northern Ontario foursome that has been on a roll since game one. They finished the round robin with a 7-1 record and lost 7-4 to Alberta 1 in their final championship pool game, having earned their spot in the final with a win in the early draw Thursday.

Fans can check follow online at and check out the webcast and previous draws at

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