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Wolfville man falls short of playoff berth at curling junior nationals


WOLFVILLE - When Wolfville native Nick denHartog went to Quebec to attend McGill University, he probably didn't expect he would end up competing at the Canadian junior men's curling championships.

Last week, den Hartog competed at the junior nationals in Stratford, Ont. as vice-skip of Team Quebec. Skipped by Felix Asselin, the team also included second Maxence Martel and lead Emile Asselin. Together, they finished the competition tied for fourth with a record of six wins and four losses.

“I am quite happy with the result, we were aiming to make the playoffs and came up one win short. We played hard all week and did our best,” den Hartog said.

Quebec started off with a bang, winning the first two games, 9-6 over Matthew Manuel's Nova Scotia rink Jan. 23 and 9-6 over Ontario Jan. 24.

In the sixth draw Jan. 25, denHartog and his teammates took on Newfoundland and Labrador and ended up on the short end of a 9-8 decision. Quebec then improved to 3-1 with an 11-0 win over Team Nunavut in a game called after eight ends.

Quebec played twice Jan. 26, defeating Alberta 8-4 and conceding a 9-3 loss to the eventual national champions from Manitoba, who were undefeated at the time, to finish the preliminary round with a 4-2 record.

Advancing to the championship draw, Quebec lost 8-5 to Saskatchewan, then rebounded with a 10-9 win over New Brunswick in which Quebec scored three in the tenth and final end for the victory.

On Jan. 28, Quebec took on British Columbia and kept its playoff hopes alive with a 9-5 win. Both victories came despite skip Asselin playing with one arm in a sling following an off-ice mishap.

In their final championship draw match, Quebec took on Northern Ontario, which entered the game with an 8-1 record. The final score was close, but Quebec absorbed a 5-4 defeat and was eliminated from further contention.

Manitoba and B.C. advanced to the semifinal, with the winner facing Northern Ontario in the national final. Manitoba defeated Northern Ontario 11-4 in the final.

Individually, denHartog curled 74 per cent for the tournament on 188 shots, including 69 per cent on 76 draws and 78 per cent on 112 takeouts.

In addition to the fourth-place finish with Team Quebec, den Hartog got to play some additional curling.

“After the round robin, all of the non-playoff teams were split up into 44 teams to play a mixed doubles tournament,” he explained. “In that tournament, I won the bronze medal with my partner Sabrina Smith of PEI. It was an amazing week, I have a lot to be proud of and it was a great end to my junior curling career.”

Last week, den Hartog competed at the junior nationals in Stratford, Ont. as vice-skip of Team Quebec. Skipped by Felix Asselin, the team also included second Maxence Martel and lead Emile Asselin. Together, they finished the competition tied for fourth with a record of six wins and four losses.

“I am quite happy with the result, we were aiming to make the playoffs and came up one win short. We played hard all week and did our best,” den Hartog said.

Quebec started off with a bang, winning the first two games, 9-6 over Matthew Manuel's Nova Scotia rink Jan. 23 and 9-6 over Ontario Jan. 24.

In the sixth draw Jan. 25, denHartog and his teammates took on Newfoundland and Labrador and ended up on the short end of a 9-8 decision. Quebec then improved to 3-1 with an 11-0 win over Team Nunavut in a game called after eight ends.

Quebec played twice Jan. 26, defeating Alberta 8-4 and conceding a 9-3 loss to the eventual national champions from Manitoba, who were undefeated at the time, to finish the preliminary round with a 4-2 record.

Advancing to the championship draw, Quebec lost 8-5 to Saskatchewan, then rebounded with a 10-9 win over New Brunswick in which Quebec scored three in the tenth and final end for the victory.

On Jan. 28, Quebec took on British Columbia and kept its playoff hopes alive with a 9-5 win. Both victories came despite skip Asselin playing with one arm in a sling following an off-ice mishap.

In their final championship draw match, Quebec took on Northern Ontario, which entered the game with an 8-1 record. The final score was close, but Quebec absorbed a 5-4 defeat and was eliminated from further contention.

Manitoba and B.C. advanced to the semifinal, with the winner facing Northern Ontario in the national final. Manitoba defeated Northern Ontario 11-4 in the final.

Individually, denHartog curled 74 per cent for the tournament on 188 shots, including 69 per cent on 76 draws and 78 per cent on 112 takeouts.

In addition to the fourth-place finish with Team Quebec, den Hartog got to play some additional curling.

“After the round robin, all of the non-playoff teams were split up into 44 teams to play a mixed doubles tournament,” he explained. “In that tournament, I won the bronze medal with my partner Sabrina Smith of PEI. It was an amazing week, I have a lot to be proud of and it was a great end to my junior curling career.”

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