Whitehorse cash spiel comes down to final rock

After a weekend of curling, a cheque for $1,500 hung in the balance when the final rock was thrown. Team Scoffin skip Wade Scoffin made the shot to pocket the dough at the Whitehorse Curling Club Cash Spiel on Sunday.

After a weekend of curling, a cheque for $1,500 hung in the balance when the final rock was thrown.

Team Scoffin skip Wade Scoffin made the shot to pocket the dough at the Whitehorse Curling Club Cash Spiel on Sunday.

“It was a well-played game,” said Scoffin. “A couple misses here and there, but more importantly there were a lot of well-played shots. So it was a lot of fun and there was good competition on both sides, and we’re happy to come out ahead.”

Team Scoffin claimed victory with a 7-6 extra-end win over Team Cathway Water Resources in the final. On board with Scoffin was vice Steve Fecteau, lead Clint Ireland and Scoffin’s wife Helan Strong, who spared in the final game for second Vern Janz who had a work obligation.

“We made him throw his last shot … It was a fun game to play,” said Cathway skip Pat Paslawski. “Everybody was out there and really into it and both teams made a lot of nice shots. It’s exactly what we wanted out of this weekend: to curl lots of games and to curl at a high level.”

Team Paslawski, who took in an even grand for their efforts, included third Rich Weihers, second Tyler Williams and lead Caroline Roy.

A shorthanded Team Smallwood grabbed third and a cheque for $750 with an 8-4 win over Team Baldwin in the bronze game.

Skip Bob Smallwood was joined on the ice by teammates Clinton Abel, Dave Roch and last-minute substitute Jon Solberg.

“We were just three all weekend long,” said skip Bob Smallwood. “We had a hard time filling that fourth position because my other guy in Atlin, Scott Odian, couldn’t make it in …

“I was going to get my daughter to fill in, but Jon showed up and made it work for us.”

Smallwood, Scoffin and Baldwin skip Nicole Baldwin – as well as Smallwood’s wife Jody – recently represented Yukon at the 2016 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships where they secured a record eighth place.

But now many are preparing for the men’s and women’s territorial championships that can lead to the Brier and Scotties championships.

“It’s a good event to have happening at this time of the year,” added Scoffin of the cash spiel. “A lot of the teams are prepping for juniors, seniors, men’s, ladies (championships), so this is an opportunity to have a number of back-to-back games.”

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