They did all their scoring in only three ends, and it was enough for Dave Merklinger’s Canwest Propane crew to remain undefeated in Baron Insurance Super League curling action.
With Darren Heath throwing skip rocks, the propane quartet scored three in the second and deuces in the fourth and sixth, then held on to edge Heath’s mom, Sherry Heath, and her Devine Vintners squad 7-6 Wednesday night at the Vernon Curling Club.
The vintners opened the scoring with a steal in the first and added singles in the third and fifth with the hammer.
Sherry Heath cut her son’s lead to 7-5 with a pair in the seventh end, and had Canwest on the ropes in the eighth and final end by lying two.
However, Darren Heath had an open hit and knocked out one of the rocks while the shooter spilled out, allowing a steal of one in the final end.
Canwest Propane improves to 4-0 while Devine Vintners drops to 1-4.
Darrell (Heavy D) Houston scored a five-spot in the first end, leading Nu Floors to a 9-6 win over Robbi Kuhn and North Enderby Timber.
The Kuhn family battled right back, putting up three in the second and trailed 6-5 at the four-end break. Nu Floors’ front end of Carol Martel and Sam Vaniperen dictated play in the second half with the peel game, keeping the centre clean with the hammer.
Things got dicey in the seventh end for Houston, who had to draw against two NET rocks. Again, the front end of Martel and Vaniperen pounded the brooms the whole way to secure a single point and handshakes from the Kuhn foursome.
Nu Floors improves to 3-2, while NET drops to 1-4. A game between Mark Longworth and Jim Cotter was postponed to a later date.
Cotter went 3-3, falling in a C Event semifinal to miss the playoffs at the Cactus Pheasant Classic last weekend in Brooks, Alta.
Cotter, backed by third Jason Gunnlaugson, second Tyrel Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky, was eliminated in an 8-4 loss to Saskatoon’s Steven Laycock Saturday morning. Leading by a point in the seventh end, Laycock used the hammer to collect a triple and force early handshakes.
The Vernon-Kelowna rink had earlier wins over Calgary’s Steve Petryk (5-4) and Brooks’ Scott Egger (7-6), and losses to Sweden’s Niklas Edin (5-4) and Edmonton’s Kevin Martin (6-5).
Calgary’s Kevin Koe dethroned defending champion Mike McEwen of Winnipeg 6-5 in the championship game, pocketing $22,000.
In the 32-team Silver Star Ladies Bonspiel last weekend, the Sun Valley Source For Sport A event winners were Team Korea with Eun Jung Kim, Kyeong Ae Kim, Seon Yeong Kim, Yeong Mi Kim and Min Jung Kim.
The Vernon Veterinary Clinic B event was won by Team Mitchell of Vernon with Jami Mitchell, Karen Ranger, Carole Weitzel and Debbie Poggemoeller.
Team Heath of Vernon took the Hi-Pro Sportswear D event with Susan Hamilton, Carol Martel, Sherry Heath and Colleen Reardon.