The hometown Saskatchewan team of Shaun Meachem, Kelly Schafer and Chris and Teejay Haichert finished on top of the championship round and earned the number one seed in the semi-finals at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship with two more wins at the Swift Current Curling Club on Friday.
Saskatchewan took a 7-1 record and a seven-game winning streak into a matchup with Jamie Koe and the Northwest Territories in the afternoon draw. The teams were tied 2-2 after five ends until Meachem started pulling away with three in the sixth to go up 5-2. Koe responded with two in the seventh to cut the deficit to 5-4 coming home, but Saskatchewan scored three in the final end to take an 8-4.
In other action, Manitoba edged Ontario 4-3 to stay unbeaten and set up a battle against Saskatchewan on Friday night with first place in the championship pool on the line. Meachem got off to a fast start with four in the first end, and after forcing a single in the second, scored two more in the third to go up 6-1. Manitoba picked up another single in the fourth and after a blank in fifth, Saskatchewan picked up a five-ender in the sixth to wrap up an 11-2 victory and hand Kyle Kurz and his team from the Fort Rouge in Winnipeg their first loss of the event on the very last round-robin draw.
Saskatchewan finished first in the eight-team championship round with a 9-1 record with Manitoba (9-1) finishing second. Ontario (7-3) finished third after beating Team NWT 9-3 in their final game to put Koe’s team out of contention, and Nova Scotia (7-3) rounded out the top four.
Saturday’s semi-finals will see Saskatchewan face Nova Scotia in a rematch of the opening draw of the event, which Paul Flemming and his team from Halifax won 6-5 on Sunday for what turned out to be Meachem’s only loss of the round-robin. Scott McDonald and Team Ontario will face Manitoba in the other semi-final.
Both semi-final games start at 10:00am on Saturday with the winners advancing to the gold medal game at 2:30pm, while the losers will play in the bronze medal game at the same time.