Ontario's Heggestad advances to final at Mixed Curling

The Canadian Press

11/23/2012 10:58:13 PM

MONTREAL -- Ontario's Cory Heggestad secured the final spot in the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship title match Friday.

Heggestad outlasted Quebec's Mike Fournier 9-8 in a back-and-forth semifinal that lasted 11 ends.

Heggestad will now face Brent MacDougall in the final Saturday after the Nova Scotia rink topped the round robin with a 9-2 record.

Fournier scored three points in the fourth end to take a 4-1 lead, but Heggestad matched him with three points of his own in the fifth.

Heggestad took his first lead in the seventh end after scoring two, but Fournier tied him again in the eighth.

The see-saw battle continued when Heggestad took an 8-6 lead in the ninth end, but Fournier again scored two in the 10th to the tie game for the final time.

Heggestad scored one in the 11th to set up a final between the top two teams in the round robin.

Earlier Friday, Heggestad pulled even with MacDougall at 9-2 after beating Saskatchewan's Jeff Hartung 8-4 in the final draw. New Brunswick cruised past B.C. 10-4, Manitoba doubled Northern Ontario 8-4 and Alberta slammed the Northwest Territories 10-3