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Team Tardi drops first game at Canadian Juniors

B.C. skip Tyler Tardi, left, discusses strategy with coach Paul Tardi and vice-skip Sterling Middleton during a break between ends on Monday. Photo by Al Cameron/Curling Canada
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that Team Tardi were scheduled to play against Team P.E.I. on January 25th. The Team was actually scheduled to play against the team from New Brunswick. Team Tardi is scheduled to play against P.E.I. on January 26th.

ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Skip Rylan Kleiter and his fellow Saskatchewanians handed the B.C. rink of Team Tardi their first loss at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships last night.

Kleiter’s rink had the last stone in the first end, but didn’t take advantage of the hammer until the second end, when they took a 2-0 lead. Though Tardi’s rink managed to score a single in the third, the team trailed 4-1 after four ends. Getting the hammer back, Team Tardi started to close the gap, scoring two in the fifth end to trail by one point.

Sadly, things wouldn’t work out for Fort St. John native Sterling Middleton and the rest of his teammates, as Team Saskatchewan continued to dominate the curling match and took a 6-3 lead in the seventh end. Team Tardi only managed to score a single in the final three ends, falling 7-4.

Despite the loss, Team Tardi still sits atop the Pool B standings with a 4-1 record. The team is also 3-0 in the Championship Pool, tied for first with the Manitoba rink skipped by J.T. Ryan.

Sterling Middleton and the rest of Team Tardi are back in action on Wednesday night when they take on the team from New Brunswick. The game starts at at 9:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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