Kirkpatrick misses playoffs at Senior Provincials

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Max Kirkpatrick

Swift Current’s Max Kirkpatrick missed the playoffs at the Affinity Credit Union Senior Men’s Provincial Championship hosted by the Foam Lake Curling Club.

Kirkpatrick, curling out of the Swift Current Curling Club, battled his way to a 3-4 record over four days of action in the eight-team round robin.

Kirkpatrick, who is making his first appearance at Senior Men’s Provincials, is joined by Third Rod Quintin, Second Mitch Minken and Lead Clayton Wicks. They qualified as the top team out of the south with four straight wins at Southerns in Carlyle two weeks ago.

He opened the tournament on Wednesday with a 7-3 loss to Unity’s Glenn Heitt. Kirkpatrick responded with an 8-5 win over Regina’s Al Schick to finish the opening day 1-1. He trailed 4-0 after two ends but scored points in five straight ends, including two points in the fourth, fifth, and sixth ends to earn the win in nine ends.

Kirkpatrick fell to 1-2 on Thursday morning in an 8-6 loss to five-time champion Eugene Hritzuk of the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon. Kirkpatrick scored three in the fourth and three in the sixth to lead 6-5, but allowed two in the eighth and one in the 10th in the loss.

He bounced back Thursday afternoon with a 6-5 win over Bill Weppler of the Highland Curling Club in Regina. He opened with the hammer and scored three in the first end, followed by singles in three consecutive ends to lead 6-0 after four. Weppler came back with two in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the seventh before the eighth was blanked. Kirkpatrick was laying four with his last rock still to come when Weppler shook hands during the ninth end.

Friday, Kirkpatrick moved above .500 for the first time with an 8-3 win over Trent Brister of the Whitewood Curling Club. Kirkpatrick scored five points in the fifth end to break a 2-2 deadlock. The teams traded points in the sixth and seventh ends before they shook hands.

Friday evening, Kirkpatrick took two-time defending champion Brad Heidt of the Kerrobert Curling Club down to the wire. Kirkpatrick lost the game 7-6 in an extra end to drop to 3-3 heading in the final day of the round robin.

Kirkpatrick was eliminated from playoff contention in a 7-5 loss to Prince Albert’s Gilbert Reynolds on Saturday. Kirkpatrick led 4-0 after three ends but was unable to hold on for the win.

The Senior Men’s Provincials Championship will conclude Sunday in Foam Lake with the semi-final at 9 a.m. and the championship game at 1 p.m.

Organizations: Swift Current Curling Club, Whitewood Curling Club, Prince Albert Curling Club Foam Lake Curling Club

Geographic location: Regina, Swift Current, Saskatoon Carlyle Foam Lake

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