Brent Gedak punched his ticket for the provincial men's curling championship in fine fashion, as he won all four of his games at the SaskTel Southern Men's Playdowns, which were held from January 16 to 19 in Regina.
Gedak was competing out of the Power Dodge Curling Centre in Estevan. The other members of his team were: third John Aston, second Derek Owens and lead Malcolm Vanstone.
He opened southerns with a 9-8 victory over Regina's Catlin Schneider in a contest that required an extra end. Gedak trailed 3-0 after the first end, but fought back to lead 5-3 after four, 7-4 after six and 8-6 through nine. Schneider forced the extra end by scoring two in the 10th, but Gedak scored once in the 11th end for the victory.
Gedak's next game was a 10-7 win in nine ends over Regina's Wade Sydorko. Gedak trailed 4-2 through four ends, but put up four in the fifth, and stole one in the sixth, to lead 7-4. Sydorko pulled within one thanks to a deuce in the seventh, but Gedak scored three in the eighth, and only gave up one in the ninth and final end.
The Gedak rink then knocked off Regina's Randy Bryden 8-6. Once again, Gedak needed to rebound from an early deficit, as he trailed 4-2 through four ends, but took the lead with three in the fifth. After surrendering one in the sixth, Gedak scored once in the seventh to lead 7-5. The teams traded points to finish the match.
Gedak saved his best comeback for the A final, as he scored three in the 10th end to edge Swift Current's Max Kirkpatrick 10-9. The game was tied 5-5 through six ends, but Kirkpatrick scored three times in the seventh to lead 8-5. Gedak responded with two in the eighth to trail 8-7, but Kirkpatrick gained one in the ninth to lead by two, and set the stage for Gedak's three points in the final frame.
Gedak will be competing at the SaskTel Provincial Men's Tankard from January 29 to February 2 in Shaunavon.
Lampman's Mark Walter also entered playdowns, and went 2-3. He opened with an 8-4 loss in nine ends to Regina's William Coutts, but rebounded with back-to-back victories: 9-3 over Watrous' Lionel Holm and 9-7 over Sydorko.
Walter was eliminated from provincial contention after he lost 8-5 to Kerrobert's Josh Heidt and 7-6 to Coutts.