Kevin Hrab skipped the team from Vertical Building Solutions. Despite trailing the entire game, he knew he had CVS Controls on the ropes as they Vertical had a lot of rocks in the house, forcing his opponents to make a difficult shot.
“I knew it was a real tricky patch of ice. It was a tough spot right there. I knew if he got too close to the centre line it would snap over the front. He had the right weight but it got a little too close and started coming in,” he explained. “They were a good team. They threw extremely good rocks and they had us on the ropes the whole way so it was nice to come back at the end like that.”
Just about all that needed to go right did go right for Hrab and his crew. He was able to get some guards established which was big in setting the tone throughout the final end.
“They let us play the game and we got a chance to throw some guards up early on and that was kind of key. I think if they would have come through and started peeling right on it wouldn’t have worked out as well for us,” he said. The fact that they let us play the game and give us a chance to get some rocks in play that was the key for us and get them half buried in position so we had some guards to work with.”
The win was the first in the A event for Hrab and his rink consisting of Burke Forster, Troy Hebert, and Michael Frykas. They enjoyed socializing with other patch workers throughout the weekend, and the win was icing on the cake.
“I’ve played in this every year for the last ten years. In terms of numbers it’s probably the biggest bonspiel Fort St. John hosts every year. There is a lot of comradery around the oil patch. To come out here and have this kind of setting where we can enjoy the comradery of it, it’s a great event that way. This is our first A event win; we’ve worked hard for it. Burke, Brock, Troy, and I have been together for five or six years and been the bridesmaids a number of times so it’s nice to come up once and be the bride.