Jim Cotter’s final shot in the extra end hit and stuck around as the Vernon rink edged Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher 5-4 during Draw 7 of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Masters Thursday in Truro, N.S.
Cotter (2-0) opened with the hammer but gave up a steal of one. Bottcher made a nifty raise triple in the second and Cotter still had a chance to score two but his shooter rolled and he only got one. Bottcher was held to a point in three, Cotter made a double to score two in the fourth and take the lead.
The teams alternated singles through the fifth and sixth ends. Bottcher blanked the seventh but couldn’t get the double in eight and only counted one to force the extra end.
Cotter – backed by third Ryan Kuhn and front-enders Ty Griffith and Rick Sawatsky – opened the Masters Wednesday by doubling Thomas Ulsrud of Oslo, Norway 8-4.
Cotter scored deuces in the second and fourth ends, one in seven and three in eight. He takes on Reid Carruthers of Winnipeg and Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie in Friday action.
Team Cotter won the Tour Challenge Tier 2 event to earn a berth at the Masters and hold a 2-0 record in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event. Team Bottcher are now at 1-1.
At the conclusion of the round-robin, the top eight teams qualify for the playoffs to determine each champion. Tiebreaker matches may be played in the event teams are tied for the final playoff positions.
All events in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Series are played utilizing the five-rock rule. The winners of this event will receive invitations to the second of two new events in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series, the Champions Cup, which is the final event of the season and showcases all of the winners from major events in curling.