Dunstone and Bottcher winless at trials while Jacobs, Gushue, McEwen are unbeaten

SASKATOON– Matt Dunstone tried to keep his frustration in check as his winless group toiled through another loss Monday at Canada’s Olympic curling trials.

SASKATOON– Matt Dunstone tried to keep his discontentment in check as his winless group labored through another loss Monday at Canada’s Olympic curling trials.

When he walked through the dark curtain near completion boards at SaskTel Centre after a 10 -3 defeat to Kevin Koe, the disappointment finally boiled over.

Dunstone smacked his broom on the concrete flooring so hard that the head flew off. The young skip then took a couple of concerns from reporters knowing the primary theme would be that his 0-3 start left him a longshot to make the playoffs.

” It can just go up,” Dunstone said of his record.

The partisan crowd, revealed at 8,217, did its best to cheer on the lone Saskatchewan-based group in the field.

A dazzling runback double-takeout for a deuce brought the crowd to life in the 3rd end but the video game turned on a selected stone in the fifth that left Koe with a takeout to score 4.

” We’re not actually catching any breaks today to say the least,” Dunstone stated. “We’re doing a great deal of good things. We’re really close on definitely everything.”

Dunstone threw at a 61- percent clip, without a doubt the most affordable percentage of the eight players.

His rink, still adjusting to the addition of Colton Lott at third after Braeden Moskowy’s withdrawal on the eve of the competition, shot 83 percent in general. Koe’s group completed at 92 per cent.

Kirk Muyres, Dunstone’s second, was feeling more optimistic since he could feel that progression was being made regardless of the uneven rating line.

” The tide is type of turning a bit,” he stated. “Of course it didn’t work today, however versus this team you could play 95 per cent and still lose.”

Brendan Bottcher’s group was left with the very same 0-3 record after dropping a 5-2 choice to Brad Jacobs. Bottcher won the national men’s championship last season but has yet to get on track at this event.

Bottcher’s third, Darren Moulding, resisted tears soon after starting his media availability.

” It’s disappointing,” he stated prior to stopping briefly for a number of seconds. “We’ll be all. We’ll be great. We’re not out of it but we’ve got to find something. We’re going to have to probably win out.

” I still believe we can do it however right now we’re simply not playing good enough to win here.”

Brad Gushue stole a single in the 10 th end for an 8-6 win over John Epping to sign up with Jacobs in top place at 3-0. Mike McEwen was next at 2-0 after routing Jason Gunnlaugson 11 -2.

Koe was alone in 4th location at 2-1 and the idle Tanner Horgan remained in fifth spot at 1-1. Epping fell to 1-2 while Gunnlaugson (0-2) remained winless with Dunstone and Bottcher.

” We’re in difficulty, there’s no doubt about it,” Moulding stated. “We’ve just got to find a method to just get a win and go from there.”

At night, Jennifer Jones and Tracy Fleury made wins to keep their unbeaten records intact. Jones (4-0) beat Casey Scheidegger 7-5 and Fleury (3-0), who shot 100 per cent, discarded Krista McCarville 9-2.

Vice-skip Kate Cameron was not in the lineup for Laura Walker’s 9-5 loss to Kerri Einarson due to an unspecified disease. Her signs are not believed to be associated with COVID-19, Curling Canada stated in a declaration.

Cameron and her colleagues were given COVID-19 fast tests previously in the day and all players evaluated negative, the federation said. Erin Pincott changed Cameron in the lineup.

Rachel Homan got in the win column with a 9-6 victory over Kelsey Rocque. Jacqueline Harrison, who had the night off, was alone in third location at 2-1.

Einarson improved to 2-2 and Homan was 1-2. Walker and McCarville slipped to 1-3, and Rocque fell to 0-3.

Cameron was slated to be offered a PCR test on Tuesday, an off-day for her group.

Round-robin play continues through Friday night. Finals are set up for Sunday with the winning groups to represent Canada at the Feb. 4-20 Beijing Games.

This report by The Canadian Press was first released Nov. 22,2021

Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

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