A Thunder Bay, Ont., team is bringing home Canada’s first-ever medal from the World Mixed Curling Championship.
Trevor Bonot’s team pushed Scotland’s Grant Hardie to extra ends on Saturday in Champéry, Switzerland, before bowing 8-5 in the gold-medal game of the 2017 World Mixed Championship.
Bonot, backed by vice-skip (and sister) Jackie McCormick, second Kory Carr, lead Megan Carr and coach Jim Waite, had entered the gold-medal game with a perfect record (six round-robin wins, and three more in the playoffs).
But against the 9-1 Scots, Canada fell behind early, with Bonot coming up heavy on a third-end draw that resulted in a stolen deuce for Scotland to take a 3-1 lead.
Scotland would steal another in the fourth when Bonot’s short runback double takeout attempt jammed. But after the teams traded singles the next two ends, the Canadian comeback would begin in earnest.
Trailing 5-2 in the seventh, Canada took advantage of a failed peel attempt by Scotland to set up a double takeout for the deuce and close the gap to 5-4.
In the eighth, two perfect guards by Megan Carr allowed Canada to bury a rock on the back four-foot. With his last rock, Hardie missed a draw to the button, giving up the single to force the extra end.
In the extra, though, with two Canadian rocks on the four-foot, Hardie made the double takeout for the 8-5 victory to claim the gold medal for Scotland.
“It’ll take a minute to settle in that it’s only silver because we came so close, but still very proud to take a medal home to Canada,” said Bonot. “We had the belief in our stones to fight back; the ice was a little different from what we had this morning, so we were just trying to get to grips with it. We missed a couple of opportunities early and didn’t capitalize.”
Canada earned its spot in the final with a 5-3 win over Norway’s Ingvild Skaga in the semifinal earlier on Saturday.
“The whole week (his teammates) played great, I’m very proud of the team, it was a great run we had there,” said Bonot. “I can’t say enough about all of our fans who travelled with us, all of our family and friends, and every back in Thunder Bay and all of Canada. They were amazing.”
In the bronze medal game, the Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Vedral defeated Norway, 7-6.