It was a little rough-going in the fourth and fifth ends and the shots weren’t always perfect, but Terrace’s Team Fugere pulled out a convincing 8-4 win on Sunday afternoon versus Terrace counterparts Team Kennedy in the ‘A’ final of the Prince Rupert Men’s Marine Bonspiel.
Skip Brian Fugere and his second Lee Snyder, third Rob Phillips and lead Wayne Julseth played the first three ends to perfection, garnering a 4-0 lead early on.
But a two point fourth end followed by a two point fifth end from skip John Kennedy and his team consisting of Ian Munson, Kevin Jeffrey and Andy Hoffman knotted things up at 4-4 going into the sixth end.
“We had a tough time there in that fourth or fifth [end] but the boys came through in the sixth. They finished the game off good,” said Fugere after the win.
Fugere’s sixth end was a big one as he scored three points to regain a 7-4 lead, knocking Kennedy’s stones out of the house every chance he got. His team didn’t miss much after their mid-game hiccups.
“We tried to junk it up a little bit because they’re a good hitting team. They’re a tough team to play, but they did well. He missed a couple of key shots but [that was it],” Fugere said.
A final point in the seventh end completed the undefeated tournament for Team Fugere, going 5-0 while playing together for the first time ever, with a couple members usually playing with a different skip.
It’s also the first time Fugere has won the ‘A’ event in a Prince Rupert Bonspiel.
His rink defeated Team Mayeda, Team Bernhardt, Team Thomas, Team Green and Kennedy to win the 2015 event while Kennedy’s rink downed the 4 Amigo’s, Team Blackstone, Team Copeland and Team Morgan to reach the final, going 4-1.
“After all the losses I’ve had [here] before, it’s kind of nice,” said Fugere.
“I’ve played John before in Terrace, but not here.”
Team Johnson claimed the ‘B’ event, Team B. Mullin took the “C’ final and Team Thomas grabbed the ‘D’ throne.