HALIFAX - It was a rough opening day for Peter Burgess at the Nova Scotia Tankard men's curling championship in Halifax.
The Truro Curling Club skip, joined by Craig Burgess, Jared Bent and Todd Burgess, suffered a pair of losses to meet Lakeshore's Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc (0-2) today at Halifax Curling Club with an 0-2 record. Burgess was dumped 10-3 by Mayflower's Mark Dacey (2-0) after getting nipped 6-5 by Tom Sullivan (2-0), also of Mayflower, in an extra end.
Fitzner-LeBlanc was mate for Paul Flemming's Tankard champion foursome a year ago and went to the Brier as skip in 2010. The two sides lock horns at 9 a.m. before Burgess takes on Mayflower's Chad Stevens (1-1) at 2 p.m. and Mayflower's Mark Kehoe (1-1) at 7 p.m.
Truro native Cameron MacKenzie throws third stones for Stevens.
Burgess started last year's Tankard in Truro with a 1-3 record before reeling off three consecutive victories and earning a quarter-final berth.
Dacey, a five-time champ, jumped out to a 3-0 lead Wednesday in the first end and never looked back. Burgess clawed a point back in the second before Dacey took two more in the third, one in the fourth and another in the fifth for a 7-1 cushion. Burgess closed to 7-3 in the sixth end before Dacey iced the contest with three more in the seventh.
Burgess and Sullivan, who was Dacey's mate last year, were scoreless until the third when Sullivan scored a single point, then added another in the fourth end. Burgess knotted the contest with a pair in the fifth before Sullivan restored his two-point lead in the sixth. Sullivan took a 5-2 lead in the eighth before Burgess tied the game with two in the ninth and a single point in the 10th end.