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Top of leaderboard getting crowded as rinks close ground in Original 16 Cash League action

Froehlich continues to hold lead, with Pro-Tec Electric and John’s Music hot on their heels

A mild upset in Original 16 Cash League action on Wednesday night at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre has seen things get a lot more interesting in the standings.

KMS Construction (Ben Gamble, 8-1) scored one in the final end to take a 6-5 win over Matt Froehlich (10-2), not only bringing the league leaders back to the pack a bit, but also allowing the two second-place teams to close ground.

It was anything but easy for Gamble, though, despite picking up deuces in the second and fourth ends on his way to building a 5-2 lead heading into the fifth-end break. Froehlich got two of his own back in the sixth and stole one in the seventh to set up the dramatic final frame and Gamble’s single for the victory.

Pro-Tec Electric (Stan Barnsley, 9-4) moved a win closer to the top of the standings with a 6-2 victory over KalTire (Dustin Woloschuk, 4-9). After blanking the first end, Barnsley scored three in the second and stole single points the next three ends to lead 5-0. Woloschuk got two back in the sixth but would get no closer as the two teams shook hands soon after.

Also closing ground on Froehlich was John’s Music (Ryan Wenarchuk, 9-4), who emerged victorious in one of the top offensive contests of the season, a 12-6 battle with EMJ Marketing (Joe Gunnis, 2-11). The early part of the game was as back-and-forth as they come, as Wenarchuk took three in the first and led 4-0 heading into the third. There, Gunnis put up a four-spot to tie things, and after Wenarchuk scored a deuce, replied with two of his own knot things up 6-6. Wenarchuk got right back on the horse the next end, though, scoring three and following with a steal of three the next frame, bringing things to an early end.

BTN Chartered Accountants (Penny Barker, 8-1) also saw themselves in a short game, picking up deuces in the first and fifth ends on their way to a 5-3 victory over Fonger Wealth Management (Nick Cornea, 1-11).

The other contest on the night saw Motion-Golden Mobility (Lorraine Arguin, 5-7) surrender an early 3-0 lead before rallying for a 7-4 win over Walchuk Masonry (Tyler Krupski, 3-8). After Arguin put up her three-spot in the first end, Krupski scored a pair the next frame and stole single points the next two ends to lead 4-3. Arguin responded with a deuce of her own in the fifth to retake the lead and followed the same pattern as Krupski the rest of the way, scoring singles the next two ends to secure the win.

Original 16 Cash League action takes place every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.