Wild finish caps off exciting beginning to final month

NOTE: Due to the scheduling change in the final three weeks of the season, information regarding places in the standings and games remaining in this post is incorrect.

Curling, we’re learning, is a game of inches. Literally inches.

Happy Hour defeated Squirrels, 6-3, on Tuesday night. At plain sight, the win pulls Happy Hour to within one game of the Smith Conference leading Squirrels, which suffered a second consecutive defeat after starting the season 7-0.

Leading by 2 going into the 6th end, Happy Hour Skip Eddie Perrino was able to get a favorable carom in the house and his second shot sat slightly behind cover. If Squirrels Skip Joshua Sophy was able to remove Perrino’s stone, his side would take 3 in the final end for the dramatic victory.

Those few inches though, proved to be the difference. Sophy’s Hammer shot glided just wide of Perrino’s stone and his team secured the final point of a back-and-forth draw and the win.

Team Cawley was also able to take advantage of the Squirrels’ loss, defeating Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, 7-4. Dave Cawley’s team has won six consecutive games after starting the season 0-3 and is also just a game behind the Squirrels in the Smith Conference.

Stacey feat. The Ice Techs also pulled a game closer to the Squirrels, now back by just two, with its 6-5 extra-end win over Bitter End during the early draws. Matt Lyons’ team has won three straight games and is within striking distance of first place in the conference.

The Fell Conference got a new leader on Tuesday and there are three teams within a game of first place and a spot in the Championship draw.

MLC defeated Goody’s, ending that team’s two-game winning streak, in an 8-3 decision. MLC is the first team other than Team Piatt to hold first place in the Fell Conference this season.

Team Piatt was removed from first after its 10-4 loss to Cracked Ice, which jumped from sixth to fourth in the standings.

And joining Piatt’s team in second place is Maasome. Kurt Maas’ team has quietly kept itself in the Fell Conference race and is also just a game behind MLC with three games to play after its fifth victory of the season. Maasome defeated Team Grassi (Leonard), 7-3, on Tuesday night.

Among those three games, MLC and Team Piatt will play twice and each of those decisions will have a huge impact in the standings.

Stacey feat. Ice Techs 6:5 Bitter End
Maasome 7:3 Team Grassi (Leonard)
Cracked Ice 10:4 Team Piatt
Team Cawley 7:4 Little Lebowskis
Happy Hour 6:3 Squirrels
MLC 8:3 Goody’s

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