Quebec still perfect with wins over B.C., New Brunswick at mixed curling event

MONTREAL – Mike Fournier’s hometown rink remained perfect at the 2013 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship on Monday with a 9-6 win over B.C. and a 6-5 victory against New Brunswick.

Fournier, with teammates Alanna Routledge, Mike Kennedy and Joelle St.-Hilaire, broke their sixth draw game open early with four in the second end against Tom Buchy’s B.C. rink.

Fournier followed with two in the fourth and three in the seventh to take a 9-4 lead. Buchy made a nice double take-out to score one in the eighth and then stole a single in the ninth to make the score respectable.

In the seventh draw, Fournier and his rink broke a 5-5 tie with a point in the 10th end to slip past James Grattan’s New Brunswick rink.

New Brunswick had scored three in the ninth end to rally and force Fournier’s late heroics.

Quebec improved to 5-0, while B.C. and New Brunswick both fell to 2-2.

Also in the seventh draw, Cory Heggestad’s Ontario rink routed Steve Fecteau’s Yukon club 7-2 to move in to a tie for second with a 3-1 record.

The Yukon rink dropped to 0-5.

Mike Assad’s Northern Ontario rink edged Brent MacDougall’s Nova Scotia club 7-6 with a total of four points in the eighth, ninth and 10th ends.

Northern Ontario is 3-1, while Nova Scotia is 3-2.

Robert Campbell’s P.E.I. rink topped Alberta’s Kurt Balderston 7-5. P.E.I. is 2-3 and Alberta is 1-3.

In the sixth draw, Saskatchewan scored five in the sixth end to break open a close game against Yukon.

Nova Scotia fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 6-4 loss to Manitoba. Manitoba led 4-1 in the fifth end and held on for the win. Manitoba sits at 2-2.

In the final game of Draw 6, P.E.I. earned its first win of the tournament 13-4 over Nunavut’s Nick Saturnino. Saturnino is 0-4.