NS skip Mike Fitzgerald and AB skip Bruno Yizek
.Calgary based Team Alberta, many people's favourites to win this year's Canadian National Wheelchair Championships in Edmonton, lost just one game during round robin play - 6-3 to Mike Fitzgerald's Nova Scotia rink. This afternoon saw a rematch in the Page Playoff 1 vs 2 game.
Nova Scotia put lots of rocks into the house in the opening end, but missed a hit "for a bundle" as described by a relieved Andy Jones, Alberta coach, his team opening the scoring with a stolen point.
In the second skip Mike Fitzgerald executes a tap to score 2, and when Alberta skip Bruno Yizek's attempted double to score two in the third, jams, Nova Scotia adds to their lead - 3-1.
In the 4th, Bruno is light on his last rock draw allowing another stolen point for a 4-1 Nova Scotia lead at the break. "Nova Scotia are playing really well," admits Jones, "but our team are still confident and positive."
Bruno YizekThat confidence was not misplaced as Bruno executes a cold draw for a second point in the 5th, and the next end sees Mike Fitzgerald's attempted hit for 2, crash on a guard allowing Alberta a steal to tie the game at 4-4.
Nova Scotia faced a house full of Alberta stones in the 7th. With Alberta lying 6 and with 4 in the 4 foot, Fitzgerald pulled out a game saving double and stick to limit the damage to a steal of 2.
Down by two in the 8th end, and in deep time trouble, Fitzgerald is forced to hurry Nova Scotia's final stone attempt to score a second point. He flashes, leaving Alberta the winners 6-5.
Nova Scotia * 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 - 5Alberta 1 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 - 6
You can see results, line scores and schedule in our 2011 Canadian Nationals coverage on our website