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Brown won Saturday's two following draws: a 7 6 decision over Sioux Lookout's Nike Air Vapormax On
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"We were happy with second," Brown said. "As we started curling more and more as a team, we started realizing that we were gelling really well. Unfortunately, we played Nordin second, so we weren't sure how the field was going to be."
single in the second.
"The teams, now, are getting younger," he said. "A lot of them played junior, so they're really strong curlers and they're good sweepers. You've really got to curl high percentages to win every game and all that happened with us is just that one game where, just myself, I didn't play as well as I wanted to."
The weekend's competition, he noted, was tight all around and most games were won by only a handful of points, one way or the other, and Brown credited the up and coming curlers' early starts on the sheets.
The local rink met Nordin in the second draw Saturday morning. Nordin was on the board with one in the first but was quickly followed up by a Brown Nike Vapormax Black Womens
"We did play well, so we were happy with that," Brown said. "The more we played we thought 'shoot, we probably should have played better in that second game.' It was just myself that didn't curl as well in the second game, unfortunately."
Brown opened the tournament with an 8 6 win Friday over the Mike Procyk rink from Red Lake. Procyk was on the board Nike Vapormax Black Fog first but Brown followed up with two points each in the third, fifth and seventh end and singles in the sixth and eighth.
Mike Woznesensky after closing a 6 4 gap with a single in the ninth end and stealing a pair in the tenth and a 7 4 win over Sioux Lookout's John Cummine after storming out of the gate to an early four point lead following the second end.
Nordin pulled ahead with singles in the fourth, fifth and ninth and two points in the seventh, while Brown didn't post a point again until the sixth with a single and a pair in the eighth en route to a 6 4 loss.
Brown still has one more chance to earn a spot in Fort William at a last chance qualifier coming up in Atikokan and said the team will likely meet this week and mull over a game plan.
Smaha and lead Todd Moxham won three of four weekend games, losing only to the eventual winner, the undefeated Tim Nordin from Stratton.
The Region 1 finals unfolded at the Keewatin Curling Club with the winner moving on to the week long Northern Ontario provincial championships Feb. 6 13 at the Fort William Curling Club in Thunder Bay.
Brown curls weekly with third Dimit and second Smaha but has never before curled with lead Moxham, who he said fit in well with the team.
Kenora skip Kevin Brown was two rocks away from advancing into the provincial men's curling championships at the regional playdowns in Keewatin this weekend.
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