Allison Pottinger’s rink completed a perfect week at the Crown of Curling on Monday.
Pottinger, who lives in Eden Prairie, Minn., defeated Japan’s Ayumi Ogasawara 3-2 in the championship final at the Kamloops Curling Club. Pottinger, third Nicole Joraanstad, second Natalie Nicholson and lead Tabitha Peterson had won their first three games of the Crown to earn a playoff berth, and then won all three of their playoff games Monday.
The Pottinger crew, by virtue of earning an A berth, hadn’t played since Saturday evening, while Ogasawara, who won a B event, hadn’t played since Sunday afternoon. The rinks blanked three of the first four ends of Monday’s final, before Pottinger scored one in the fifth end and stole another in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead.
Ogasawara tied the game in the seventh end, before Pottinger won it with a point in the eighth. The Americans — Joraanstad lives in Wisconsin, while the rest of the rink lives in Minnesota — earned $7,500 for the victory.
It was a worldly Monday for the Pottinger rink. It beat Korea’s Ji-Sun Kim 6-5 in a semifinal, after scoring a 9-6 extra-end victory over Yilun Jiang of China in the quarterfinals.
Ogasawara also went around the world to get into the final. She took down Kamloops’ Allison MacInnes 6-5 in the quarterfinals — scoring a deuce in the eighth end — before rolling past Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni 8-5 in a semifinal.
MacInnes’s rink was the only Kamloops team to finish in the money.
The men’s championship stayed closer to home, with Grant Dezura’s Kelowna rink beating Dean Joanisse of New Westminster 5-4 in an extra end. Dezura, throwing third stones behind Kevin MacKenzie and ahead of second Jamie Smith and lead Kevin Recksiedler, scored a point in the eighth end and stole another in the ninth.
Joanisse, fourth Michael Johnson, second Paul Cseke and lead John Cullen had taken a 4-3 lead after six ends.
Dezura and Joanisse each finished 4-1 in the round-robin — they actually were in the same pool, with Joanisse beating Dezura 7-4 in Draw 11. Both rinks had to play in the quarterfinals, with Dezura knocking off Vernon’s Trevor Perepolkin 6-2 and Joanisse scoring a 6-4 victory over Brady Clark of Lynnwood, Wash.
Dezura went on to knock off Edmonton’s Mark Johnson 7-5 in a semifinal, while Joanisse needed an extra end to secure a 6-4 victory over Kelowna’s Jeff Richard. Richard and
Johnson had gone through the round-robin 5-0, and earned byes into the semifinals.
The Dezura boys earned $7,000 for their work.