TRURO - The number six is one Peter Burgess is starting to get a hate on for.
The sixth end did in his Truro foursome in both of its draws Wednesday to open its bid at a Molson Coors Tankard provincial men's curling championship title at Truro Curling Club.
Burgess, along with mate Craig Burgess, second Jared Bent and lead Todd Burgess, dropped a 10-9 decision in an extra end to Mayflower's Ian Juurlink in the evening draw after falling 6-3 in the afternoon to defending Tankard champion Jamie Murphy of Lakeshore.
"We were heavy on a bunch of shots and I had to draw to the four-foot and was heavy," Burgess said of the fated sixth end against Juurlink. "We had six rocks in the bottom of the tee line and you just can't do that."
With only the top four of the eight-team field moving on to the playoff round on Saturday, taking three losses in the round-robin means a team is flirting with an early exit. It doesn't leave much wiggle room for the hometown squad, which is looking to start building some momentum today when it faces Mayflower's Chad Stevens (1-1).
"We just have to come in tomorrow and win the first one, that's all we can do," Burgess said.
Burgess got off to a hot start in the contest by stealing four in the first end. But missed opportunities in the sixth left Juurlink able to score three and take a 7-5 lead.
Burgess countered to make it 7-6 in the seventh end, but Juurlink replied with a single in the eighth.
Burgess managed to score three in the ninth and Juurlink notched a single in the 10th to send it to an extra end.
"If we had have made a couple shots in the sixth it might have been a different story," Burgess said. "We're in here early instead of going 11."
Going to extra time meant the game was the longest of the draw, leaving it the lone show to a packed house, which was silent throughout the 11th end. The fans stayed silent as they filed out of the club after Peter came up short on a draw in the game's final shot.
"The ice got flat in the last two ends and drawing was a bit difficult," he said. "But we didn't play well that game."
In the afternoon draw, the Truro skip missed a shot in the sixth, allowing Murphy to score three and take a 4-2 lead. Burgess was leading 2-1 at the time.
"A stupid miss," Burgess said. "If we make what we were calling he's got a difficult shot for two, and I overcurled and gave him an easy shot for three and that changed the complexion of the game."
Lakeshore's Alan O'Leary (2-0) and Murphy (2-0) top the leaderboard while Stevens, Juurlink, Mayflower's Mark Dacey and Shea Steele are all 1-1. Lakeshore's Paul Flemming (0-2) joins Burgess at the bottom of the table.