SHAWINIGAN, QUE. – Team Tardi, which features Sterling Middleton from Fort St. John, was able to battle back and qualify for the gold medal game Sunday afternoon at the New Holland Canadian Junior Curling Championships.
In the game against Northern Ontario, Team British Columbia won in ten ends 8-4, making this the second straight year the Team from B.C. has won gold.
The win sends Tardi’s team from Langley/New Westminster — vice-skip Sterling Middleton, second (and older brother) Jordan Tardi, lead Zac Curtis and coach/dad Paul Tardi — to Aberdeen, Scotland, for the 2018 World Junior Championships, March 3-10.
The B.C. team, which was one loss away from being eliminated on Friday morning before stealing a victory over Northern Ontario in its final round-robin game, went on to win a playoff tiebreaker later Friday over Karsten Sturmay of Alberta, and then the men’s semifinal on Saturday against Manitoba’s JT Ryan.
It carried that momentum into the gold-medal game, stealing single points in the first two ends after Horgan misses, then forcing Northern Ontario to a single in the third and then scoring the game’s first deuce in the fourth on an open takeout.
And from then on, it was air-tight play from B.C. that kept Northern Ontario from generating the offence that was necessary to cut into the lead.
After Northern Ontario was forced to one in the sixth, B.C. blanked the seventh end, and Tardi delivered the decisive blow with his inturn draw through a narrow port to score three for an insurmountable 7-2 lead.