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Gedak wins twice at provincials

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Brent Gedak, curling out of the Power Dodge Curling Centre in Estevan, had a 2-3 record at the SaskTel Tankard men's provincial curling championships that were held in Shaunavon from January 29 to February 2.

He suffered back-to-back losses to open provincials: 8-6 in 12 ends to Saskatoon's Darrell McKee and 10-4 in nine ends to another Saskatoon curler, Darren Camm.

Gedak had a 6-4 lead after nine ends against McKee, but McKee scored twice in the 10th end to tie the game. The two teams blanked the 11th end, and then McKee stole two in the 12th for the victory.

Gedak trailed Camm 4-0 through four ends, but scored three in the fifth to pull within a point. Camm outscored Gedak 6-1 over the final four ends for the convincing victory.

On the brink of elimination, Gedak responded with a 7-6 win in 11 ends over Yorkton's Terry Marteniuk. Gedak led 6-3 through eight ends, but Marteniuk scored twice in the ninth and stole one in the 10th to tie the game.

Gedak scored once in the extra end to keep his provincial hopes alive.

He won again with a 5-4 victory in 11 ends over Kerrobert's Josh Heidt. It was a relatively low-scoring game, as neither rink had a multiple-point end. Heidt forced the extra end with a single point in the 10th, but Gedak secured the win with one point in the 11th.

Gedak's tournament came to an end in a 9-7 loss to Saskatoon's Kevin Marsh. Gedak had a 4-1 lead through three ends, but Marsh rattled off five unanswered points from the sixth to eighth ends to lead 8-5. Gedak notched two in the ninth, and Marsh scored one in the 10th for the win.

Other members of Gedak's rink were: third John Aston, second Derek Owens, lead Malcolm Vanstone and coach Bob Doerr.


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