Scoffin beats rink coached by his dad in junior curling

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The Canadian Press
2/4/2013 8:33:22 PM
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FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. -- The kid got the better of the old man at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian junior curling championships.

Thomas Scoffin's Alberta team held off Will Mahoney's Yukon rink, which is coached by Scoffin's father Wade, 6-4 on Monday.

Thomas Scoffin skipped Yukon teams at the last six junior championships before moving to Edmonton for university. When he took the ice he was facing his father as well as ex-teammates Mahoney and Mitch Young.

"That's a different feeling, I've never done that before," said Scoffin, who improved to 3-1.

"It was definitely a little strange. Kudos to that team, they came to play today. They didn't miss much, we really had to grind to get a win there. We're glad we got that win and we're looking forward to tomorrow now."

The elder Scoffin meanwhile was happy Yukon stayed competitive against the favoured Albertans.

"We were looking forward to the game, most definitely," said Wade Scoffin. "I'm really glad that the guys I'm coaching right now performed really, really well, and took it right down to the last shot."

While Thomas Scoffin has moved to a new province, his dad didn't see a lot different in his son's game.

"His intensity, his goals, his determination are all the same," said Wade Scoffin. "He has great opportunities with new guys and the program in Edmonton is a great program that has given him a lot of support."

In other men's games, Northern Ontario's Matthew Roberts beat Adam Boland of Newfoundland and Labrador 9-3, P.E.I. edged B.C. 5-4 and Ontario took an extra end to defeat Saskatchewan 8-7.

The result improved Ontario's Aaron Squires to 4-1 atop Pool A, while New Brunswick's Josh Barry remained the only men's unbeaten team at 5-0 in Pool B.

In women's play, B.C.'s Corryn Brown took a step toward qualifying for the championship round with an impressive 8-1 win over Alberta's Karynn Flory.

Brown improved to 4-1 with the victory to tie Yukon atop Pool A -- an impressive feat for a team making its debut at the tournament.

"I think the first days we still kind of had the rookie jitters going on, but definitely now we're a lot more comfortable," said Brown. "We're getting used to the ice, getting used to the rocks, and we've definitely improved quite a bit."

Brown's team is no stranger to big-game experience. The squad won gold at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, and Brown was part of a Scoffin-skipped mixed team that won bronze at the 2012 Youth Winter Olympics in Austria.

Still, she had no expectations ahead of the junior championships.

"We were hoping (for a good start), for sure, but by no means did we expect it," she said. "This is all we can ask for, to be honest. Our first goal was to make that next round, now we try to set our goals a little higher."

In other women's games, Nova Scotia hammered Northern Ontario 11-1, Northwest Territories edged P.E.I. 7-6, New Brunswick held off Saskatchewan 9-6, Yukon downed Newfoundland and Labrador 7-5 and Ontario stole singles in the 10th and 11th ends for a 7-6 victory over Quebec.

Manitoba's Shannon Birchard remains the lone unbeaten team at 4-0 in Pool B.

Curling (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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