T.J. Perepolkin is through to the next round after his Canaccord Wealth Management upended Ty Griffith’s Nufloors 7-3 in Baron Insurance Super League playoff action Wednesday night at the Vernon Curling Club.
Nufloors, which finished third in league play, opened strong, making all eight shots to count two in the first end. Sixth-place Perepolkin went on a run, counting five points over the next three ends to lead 4-1.
With Griffith pushing in the sixth end, Perepolkin set up a deuce with a nice double hit and roll on his first shot.
In other first-round action, Brad Kuhn’s North Enderby Timber outlasted Wayne Laface’s Inspiration Homes 7-4.
Kuhn delivered a delicate tap in one to open with a three-ender, but Laface answered with a double in two.
After NET counted singles in three and four, the Inspiration crew did likewise in five and six to keep the game close. Kuhn drew for two in seven and then executed their peels to run Laface out of stones in eight.
Kuhn will tangle with Dave Merklinger’s Jet Ice in the semis Wednesday night. Perepolkin will meet Jim Cotter’s Woodland Equipment.
The final goes Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Earlier, Cotter was honoured with the G.L. Harstone Trophy as the most sportsmanlike player at the Tim Hortons Brier in London, Ont.
The award, voted for by the players, is presented each year to the curler who exemplifies good sportsmanship, observance of the rules and curling ability.
Cotter’s Team B.C. rink – third Ken Maskiewich, second Kevin Folk and lead Rick Sawatsky – finished the round-robin at 4-7.
Meanwhile, Vernon’s Ron Heuman fell 5-2 to Kelowna’s Garry Gelowitz in semifinal plat at the B.C. Master Men’s Curling Championships Sunday in Qualicum Beach.
With the game tied 1-1 after four ends, Gelowitz, who went on to win gold, counted three points in the fifth end, followed by a single steal in six, to earn the win.
Heuman, backed by third Bill Drinkwater, second Dennis Duncan, lead Brian Selinger and alternate Rob Pringle, went 2-1 in round-robin play, with wins over Sparwood’s Ralph Will (6-4) and Qualicum’s Rick Dunn (6-2).
Richmond’s Karin Host won the master women’s title.