Vernon’s Jim Cotter slides out of the hack at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Saskatoon. (Darlene Danyliw Photo)

Vernon’s Jim Cotter slides out of the hack at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Saskatoon. (Darlene Danyliw Photo)

Cotters in the mix

Vernon duo looking for playoff spot at National Mixed Doubles Curling finals

Jim and Jaelyn Cotter were in a position to advance to the playoffs Saturday at the Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championships at the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon.

The father-daughter duo were 4-2 heading into their final preliminary round game against Chelsea Carey and Colin Hodgson of Calgary, who were 5-1 and tied for the pool lead with Sherry Just and Ryan Deis of Fox Valley, Sask.

A Cotter win would give the Vernon team a spot in the Round of 12 playoffs.

The top-two finishers in each of the four, eight-team pools and the top-four teams based on win-loss records, advance to the Round of 12 playoffs.

The Cotters improved to 4-2 with a 9-6 win Friday night over Nancy Martin and Catlin Schneider of the host club.

In earlier Friday play, the Cotters ambushed Ryan and Sarah Lamswood of Newfoundland 10-0 in five ends and outlasted Lisa Weagle and John Epping of Toronto 8-5. The Cotters lost 11-4 to Sherry Just and Ryan Deis of Fox Valley, Sask. in the Thursday afternoon sixth draw.

The winning team will not only represent Canada at the 2017 World Mixed Doubles Championship, April 22-29 at Lethbridge (held in conjunction with the World Seniors), but also earns $5,100 for the win.

In addition, the top three finishers will receive an entry into the 2018 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Trials, Jan. 2-7 (at a site to be announced), which will determine Canada’s team for the Mixed Doubles competition in the 2018 Winter Olympics, should Canada qualify for the Olympics. The World Championship in Lethbridge will decide the seven countries that join host South Korea in Pyeongchang