Cotter recovers at Rogers Masters

Vernon skip Jim Cotter yells instructions to his sweepers during The $100,000 Rogers Masters curling Grand Slam Thursday in Brantford, Ont. - Anil Mungal/Sportsnet
Vernon skip Jim Cotter yells instructions to his sweepers during The $100,000 Rogers Masters curling Grand Slam Thursday in Brantford, Ont.
— image credit: Anil Mungal/Sportsnet

Vernon’s Jim Cotter has rebounded from a rough start at the Rogers Masters Curling Grand Slam Thursday afternoon in Brantford, Ont.

Cotter, who curls with third Jason (Gunner) Gunnlaugson, second Ty Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky, opened the $100,000 event with a pair of losses, falling 6-2 to Ontario’s Brad Jacobs and 5-3 to Winnipeg’s Mike McEwan.

The Vernon-Kelowna rink recovered with a 5-4 comeback win over Sweden’s Niklas Eden Thursday afternoon. There is a field of 18. Trailing 4-2 after five ends, Cotter counted three straight singles to upend the Swedes.

Cotter, a semifinalist at last week’s Whites Drug Store Classic last weekend in Swan River, Man, meets Toronto’s Mark Kean this morning at 5:30 a.m. Pacific, and Newfoundland’s Brad Gushue at 9 a.m.

Games are being televised on Sportsnet.

Meanwhile, Robbi Kuhn is heading into women’s regional open playdowns today at the Vernon Curling Club on a high.

Kuhn, supported by Karla Thompson, Michelle Ramsay and Christen Wilson, pocketed $4,500 at the World Curling Tour’s Vancouver Island Shootout last weekend in Victoria.

On Wednesday night, her local North Enderby Timber foursome grounded Dave Merklinger’s Canwest Propane 6-5 in Baron Insurance Super League play.

Kuhn opens regionals today, at 4 p.m., against Patti Knezevic of Prince George. The night draw goes at 8:30 p.m., with Saturday action set for 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Three of the 10 entries qualify for provincials, in January, in Cloverdale.

In Super League play, Kuhn, now 3-4, counted a single in an extra end to hand Merklinger (6-1) his first loss.

Mark Longworth’s Sladen Moore got back on track with a closely contested 5-3 win over Sherry Heath’s De Vine Vintners.

After trading singles over the first four ends, Heath (1-6) settled for a single steal in five after Jamie Sexton, subbing for the injured Longworth, pulled off a 15-foot angle-raise takeout to remove a stone.

The 2-4 Longworth rink replied with a single in six and sealed the win with a deuce in seven when Sandra Jenkins, tossing skip’s stones for Heath, overcurled an inch on her final draw attempt.

With Cotter away at the Slam, Aron Herrick piloted Woodland Equipment to a 7-0 shellacking of Darrell (Heavy D) Houston’s Nufloors.

Houston (4-3) hit and rolled a touch too far, allowing a steal of two in the first end. After blanking two, he narrowly missed a raise to give up another steal in three.

Four more burgled points by the 5-1 feller bunchers over ends four and five resulted in handshakes.

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