It's not where they wanted to be but the men's top seeds at curling's Road to the Roar (Olympic pre-trials) in Kitchener got back on track Wednesday. No.1 seed Brad Jacobs controlled the game against Guelph's Rob Rumfeldt (No. 12 seed) in the afternoon draw and will take on Mark Kean next at 2 p.m. Thursday. Rumfeldt drops to C side and last chance.
Kean (seeded No. 4), Laycock (No. 5), Joe Frans (No. 6) all won their B-side games as well sending Rob Fowler, Jean Michel Menard and Bryan Cochare all into sudden=death C division.
Wednesday night games A games will see Greg Balsdon taking on No. 4 seed John Morris and Brad Gushe facing Glencoe's Jake Higgs. Both Balsy and Higgs would be considered small surprises to be in the A-side qualifier at this point but this is the No. 7 to 18 teams in Canada so there's no easy games.
In women's the 2010 silver medallist Cheryl Bernard is already down to her last chance losing to top seed Shannon Kleibrink.
The two rinks - similar to the men's side - were a marquee matchup already on the B-side of the 12-team triple knockout event. That's as in unexpected. No matter what a top-notch team would be done to a last life.
We shouldn't be surprised with Krista McCarville but we still are. Perhaps it's just from not getting to enough events to be seeded higher but McCarville has knocked off the fourth and fifth seeds in Crystal Webster and Bernard and is now in the A-side semi for a playoff spot facing Kelly Scott Wednesday night.
Laurier alum Laura Crocker started slow against Sudbury's Tracy Horgan then stole 2 in the 10th end then another four in the extra end to move onto the other A-side semi against Renee Sonnenberg. No. 3 seed Sonnenberg sent Barb Spencer down to B. Horgan plays Spencer Wednesday night.
Webster's struggles continued in B flight losing to Ontario Cathy Auld. Another shock as Val Sweeting bounced past Amber Holland. Webster and Holland, the no. 5 and 6 seeds respectively will face each other Thursday morning. Bernard doesn't play her C game until Thursday night and is awaiting an opponent.
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