Truro's Peter Burgess in action Friday at the Tankard. Matt Veno - Truro Daily News
TRURO – Peter Burgess is starting to build some momentum.
And not a moment too soon.
Burgess and his Truro-based rink of mate Craig Burgess, second Jared Bent and lead Todd Burgess, kept themselves alive at the Molson Coors Tankard provincial men’s curling championship Friday afternoon at Truro Curling Club with a 7-5 victory over Alan O’Leary (3-3) of CFB Halifax.
“That was a good game,” Burgess said. “I think we carried over what we did (Thursday) night. We’ve all got a handle on the ice.”
The victory moved Burgess’ record to 3-3, tied with O’Leary and Lakeshore’s Paul Flemming. Defending champion Jamie Murphy, of Lakeshore, sat atop the table at 5-1 and Mayflower’s Mark Dacey was 4-2. The top four teams move on to today’s playoff round, which pits the top two teams against each other at 2 p.m. for a bye to the final. The loser of the 1-2 match takes on the winner of the 3-4 game in a semifinal at 7 p.m.
Burgess was set to face Mayflower’s Shea Steele (2-4) Friday night while Flemming would do battle with Mayflower’s Chad Stevens (2-4) and O’Leary faced Ian Juurlink (2-4), also of Mayflower. Dacey, a Mayflower curler, and Murphy were also scheduled to face off. For results from Friday night’s draw, visit www.trurodaily.com.
“Everybody is still in it apparently,” Burgess said. “So if we go out and win (Friday) night we’re into something for sure so that’s what the goal is.”
It was apparent the confidence level was up on the Burgess side when after O’Leary took a 2-0 lead in the first end, Burgess answered with two of his own in the second. O’Leary took a 3-2 lead in the third end before Burgess scored two in the fifth end to take a 4-3 lead he would never relinquish.
“Anytime you get a lead going into the second half of a game that’s a good position to be in because you can control the play,” Burgess said. “The two in five was pretty big.”
Burgess added a single in the sixth before the teams took turns scoring singles the rest of the way.
The ice is playing slightly more straight than most curlers would like, causing problems for some teams. Burgess said being patient would be key last night.
“If you go over aggressive you’re going to get hurt I think,” he said. “You’ve just got to be patient on this ice.”