The Max Kirkpatrick rink got out to a slow start at the SaskTel Tankard in Shaunavon
The Swift Current rink of Max Kirkpatrick lost their opening game at the 2014 SaskTel Tankard Provincial Men's Curling Championship in Shaunavon Wednesday afternoon.
Kirkpatrick fell behind 5-0 and never fully recovered in an 8-4 loss to Saskatoon Nutana's Bruce Korte.
Korte stole one in the second end and then four in the third end for a 5-0 lead that he would never relinquish. Kirkpatrick got within two points in the seventh end to trail 6-4 but Korte finished out the game with singles in the eighth and ninth ends to defeat Kirkpatrick in the opening draw of the 16-team triple elimination tournament.
The Swift Current foursome, consisting of Kirkpatrick, third Shaun Meachem, second Jeff Chambers, and lead Shawn Hiebert, will open the B Event on Thursday at 3 p.m. against Saskatoon's Kevin Marsh.
Thursday will include Draw 3 at 8:30 a.m., a luncheon at 12 p.m., Draw 4 at 3 p.m. and Draw 5 at 7 p.m. at the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon.