Three teams – Seaborn Insurance (Joel Jordison), KMS (Ben Gamble) and BTN Chartered Accountants (Danielle Sicinski) – all finished tied atop the league standing with 14-3 records, while Tax Team (Murray Stroeder) are right behind at 13-4.
All four league leaders picked up wins on the final night of league play Wednesday at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre, but none made it look easy.
For Jordison, it was a bit of a battle and he would go on to a 6-5 win over Kal Tire (Bob Desjarlais, 12-5). Desjarlais got off to a great start with three in the first end, but Jordison picked up points the next three ends and the two teams would leave the fifth-end break tied 4-4. The two squads would exchange single points the rest of the way, with Jordison taking one in eight for the win.
Things were just as scary for Sicinski in the early going against Ackerman Ag (Patrick Ackerman, 4-13), as the underdogs scored in the first three ends to build a 4-0 lead. That would be the last time Ackerman would pick up points in the game, though, as Sicinski scored three in the fourth, stole one in five and two more in six to take a 5-4 lead. A blank in seven and another steal of two in the eighth would give Sicinski the 8-4 win.
Gamble also needed a comeback against Easy Care Living (Lorraine Arguin, 7-10) after Arguin put up a three spot in the fifth end to take a 5-2 lead. Gamble would get all of that back in the sixth, though, and steals the next two ends would give him an 8-5 win.
It wouldn’t have seemed right if Stroeder kept pace with an easy night, and sure enough, he too needed a late rally to find a win over Protec Video (Wade Gray, 4-13). Gray picked up points in three straight ends to lead 3-1 through four, but Stroeder chipped away with singles in the fifth and sixth before stealing deuces in seven and eight for a 7-3 victory.
John’s Music (Ryan Wenarchuk, 12-5) kept pace with the leaders with a comfortable 8-3 win over Walchuk Masonry (Ralph Courtnage, 7-10). Wenarchuk picked up two in the second and stole four in the third for a 6-1 lead, and after Courtnage got two back in the fourth, brought the game to an early end with another deuce in the fifth.
Matt Froehlich (9-8) ensured an above-.500 regular-season finish with a 7-1 win over EMJ Marketing (Joe Gunnis, 6-11), building a 5-0 lead through three ends and after Gunnis scored one in four, closing things out with a deuce in the fifth.
Two teams at the bottom of the standings each capped their regular-season campaigns with wins.
Kelsey Noyes (3-14) and her junior foursome tied 3-3 with Barb Wallace (4-13) through three ends, but scored one in the fifth and followed with single steals the next two ends. Wallace got one back in the eighth, but it wouldn’t be enough as Noyes took a 6-4 win.
Main Street Strength and Conditioning (Jazmin Ackerman, 3-14) also put together a late rally to defeat Paws N Play (David Gray, 8-9). Gray built a 4-2 lead through the first five ends, but it was Ackerman who closed out strong with singles in six and seven to tie the game before a steal of two in the eighth gave her the 6-4 victory.
With the Scotties Tournament of Hearts taking over Mosaic Place – and specifically the HeartStop Lounge in the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre – for the next three weeks, the Original 16 Cash League will go on hiatus, with playoffs beginning Mar. 4.