Simmons Opens DEKALB SuperSpiel With a Win

Winnipeg's Team Simmons (Picture: Anil Mungal) picked up a big win to start the 2021 DEKALB SuperSpiel, defeating Team Riley Smith 7-1 on Friday evening.

By Dylan Chenier

Pat Simmons got his 2021 DEKALB SuperSpiel campaign off to a strong start Friday evening, downing Winnipeg's Riley Smith 7-1 in a Men's A-Side second-round matchup.

Team Simmons, with third Colton Lott, second Kyle Doering, and lead Tanner Lott, opened the game with a steal of 2 after Smith started with hammer. In the second end, Smith was unable to capitalize on having last stones and was forced to settle for a single.

In the third, Simmons scored three, opening up a bit of an insurmountable 5-1 lead. In the fourth, Simmons would add to that lead by stealing two.

Down 7-1 after only the first half of play, and recognizing the unlikelihood of a comeback, Team Smith would opt for early handshakes in the fifth end, giving Simmons the victory.

The win secures Team Simmons a spot in the third round of the men's A-Side, where they will face-off against Winnipeg's Jacques Gauthier in Draw 7 on Saturday morning.

In four previous matchups this season, Team Simmons holds a 3-1 record against Team Gauthier, with Gauthier's rink picking up the win in their most recent meeting last weekend at the MCT Championships.

Team Gauthier earned their spot in the third round of the A-Side by downing Team Ryan Wiebe 6-4 in a second-round draw on Friday evening.

The winner of Simmons vs Gauthier will advance to an A-Side qualifier on Saturday evening, where they will have a chance to secure a spot in the DEKALV SuperSpiel playoffs.

After picking up their losses earlier on Friday, Teams Smith and Wiebe both move to the B-Side where they will face each other in a draw on Friday night.

The 2021 DEKALB SuperSpiel continues until Monday at the Morris Curling Club in Morris, Manitoba. The event features a field of 24 teams playing in a Triple Knockout format for a $33,800 purse.


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