Sweden take Victoria Curling Classic

Victoria Curling Classic

Story and photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN)

March 24, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The 2013 Victoria Curling Classic came to a close on Sunday with a barnburner of a game that ended 9-8 in favor of the Niklas Edin rink from Sweden over the Mike McEwen rink from the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Edin rink, who are back in town next week representing Sweden at the Ford Men’s World Championship, got out to a big lead early scoring 4 in the 1st end, then added another in the 2nd, to take a 5-0 lead.

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The teams share a little laughter and sportsmanship before the final of the 2013 Victoria Curling Classic at Archie Browning Arena in Esquimalt. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Niklas Edin was in fine form on Sunday as his rink won the 2013 Victoria Curling Classic 9-8 over Mike McEwen. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

The McEwen rink answered back in the 3rd end scoring 3 to cut the lead to 2, but it was short lived as Edin went back up by 5 with 3 in the 4th end and it seemed like the McEwen rinks luck had run out.

The McEwen rink, who had knocked off Kevin Martin, Glenn Howard and Brad Gushue to get to the finals, proved their mettle as they scored 2 in the 5th, 1 in the 6th, then a missed shot by Edin in the 7th allowed them to score 2 more and tie the game at 8-8.

Mike McEwen (red hat) discusses his strategy with teammates during final of the Victoria Curling Classic on Sunday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Niklas Edin shouts at his sweepers, Fredrik Lindberg (left) and Viktor Kjëll (right) during Sunday’s final of the Victoria Curling Classic at Archie Browning Sports Centre. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Edin would make no mistakes coming home with the hammer and closed it out with his last rock to take home the title and $25,000 cheque.

McEwen was happy with how his team performed after falling behind early, “He fired a pistol in the 1st end, not to many players in the world could have made the shot he made,” remarked McEwen after the game, “I just tapped the rock a couple of inches on my shot and gave him a little daylight to be able to make the shot he did. We fought hard and it was nice we could come back and give the fans a good show and have it come down to the last rock.”

The brothers Nuefeld, B.J. (left) and Denni (right), clean the ice during Sunday’s final of the Victoria Curling Classic. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Local curling fans will get the opportunity to see Edin back in action in later this week at the Ford Men’s World Championships at Save On Foods Memorial Centre, while McEwen will get a couple of weeks rest before stepping back on the ice at the Grand Slam of Curling Players Championship in Toronto.

This marks the 8th successful year of the Victoria Curling Classic and they look forward to next season when the Women will return to the fold.