Island rink ousted in tie-breaker playoff at Northern Ontario men’s curling championship

The Jordan Chandler rink will compete at the Northern Ontario Men’s Curling Championships in New Liskeard this week. The Chandler rink is, from left, Kyle Chandler, Nick Bissonnette, Trevor Bonot and Jordan Chandler.

MANITOULIN – The Jordan Chandler-skipped rink, which includes his brother Kyle Chandler, had a good run at the Northern Ontario Men’s Curling championships this past week in Temiskaming Shores before being knocked out in a tie-breaker that would have had them qualify for the semi-finals. 

The local team, curling on behalf of the Little Current and Port Arthur Curling Clubs, included skip Jordan Chandler, vice Trevor Bonot, second Nick Bissonette, lead Kyle Chandler and fifth Tom Cull. 

The Chandler rink won its first two games in the competition, defeating the Charlie Robert rink based out of Sault Ste. Marie 5-4 and the Nick Lemieux rink, also based out of Sault Ste. Marie, 8-7, scoring three in the 10th end to win.

However, the local rink then dropped their next two games, 6-5 in 11 ends to the Ryan Sayer rink of New Liskeard, and 7-5 to the Mike Badiuk team out of Geraldton.

Standing with an even record of two wins and two losses, the Chandler rink won its next two games, 11-5 over Jeff Brown of North Bay and 7-6 over the Sandy MacEwan rink of Sudbury (taking one point in the 11th end) to win. They then played the Brad Jacobs rink, out of Sault Ste. Marie (who eventually won the Northern Ontario men’s championship), dropping a 7-2 decision.

The Chandler rink then faced off against the Badiuk rink in a tie-breaker to see who would advance to the semi-finals, but unfortunately dropped a 6-5 decision; with the Badiuk rink scoring three in the 10th end to win.