HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA
Yukon’s Team Scoffin had a modest goal going into the Canada Winter Games this week in Halifax.
If they were going to lose, it would be because the opposition makes the shot, not because Scoffin misses it.
There could be no better example of this than Scoffin’s 8-7 loss to BC on Wednesday, giving the Yukon rink its second loss in three matches.
Tied 7-7 in the eighth end with a Yukon rock in scoring position, BC squeaked by a guard for the take-out and win.
“It was a real back-and-forth game,” said Yukon skip Thomas Scoffin. “Both teams were making shots and they made the shot to win. There’s always a couple regrets throughout a game, but I think it was a good game.”
One such regret for Scoffin would be a miss in the sixth end, sending his rock clean through the house, opening the door for BC to score three and take back the lead at 7-5. BC also scored three in the second end for their first lead of the match at 3-2.
“Those are two ends I’d like to have back if I could,” said Scoffin. “They were both really difficult shots and, obviously, I didn’t do enough to make that shot.
“The only thing I can do is learn from it and move on.”
Team Scoffin, which also includes lead Michael Hare, second Kurtis Hills and third Andrew Scoffin, opened with a 6-3 win over Manitoba on Monday, following up with a 7-4 loss to Alberta on Tuesday.
For their win, Scoffin came storming out to a 6-1 lead, forcing Manitoba to shake after seven ends.
“We came out very strong. We played a very conservative game, but it fit well into how we beat Manitoba,” said Yukon coach Wade Scoffin. “We were able to minimize the chances for Manitoba. They did not have many opportunities to get multiple points on us.”
Manitoba went on to take an 11-5 win over Ontario, who Scoffin with face on Thursday, along with Newfoundland in the evening.
“We’re feeling confident right now – all our games have been close, no matter what the score says,” said Scoffin. “We had a great game against Manitoba. We still played great against Alberta, we just had a slow start; really, we outplayed them in the second half.
“We’re playing well, so if we keep it up, we should have a good shot tomorrow.”
With every team in their pool having taken at least one loss, Scoffin sits in a three-way tie with BC and Newfoundland, all of whom are behind Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario with 2-1 records.
“I’m proud of the guys for how well they’re playing,” added Scoffin. “It’s exciting to watch – it’s their first big tournament.”
Scoffin, who is the youngest skip to play at the Canadian Junior Championships, finished the junior nationals at the start of the month with a 5-7 record for eighth (with his other rink).
Last week in the female division at the Games, Yukon’s Team Koltun, captained by skip Sarah Koltun, was narrowly edged out of the semifinal by Quebec, taking fifth with a commanding 6-1 win over New Brunswick.
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