by Eric Welsh
In the first boys curling draw at the BC Winter Games on Friday, Tyler Tardi’s Fraser Valley rink made short work of Thomas Love’s Thompson-Okanagan foursome.
Tied 2-2 through three ends, Tardi’s crew came through with three in the fourth. His final shot was perfect, squeezing between two guards and taking out a red rock in the six-foot circle before coming to rest.
“In juvenile curling especially, three is a really big number,” the Surrey native said. “Personally, I find it really hard to get in the right mind-set to bounce back from a three. We made it really tough for them.”
Love fought back with one in the fifth, but Tardi had two in the sixth and two more in the seventh to win 9-3.
The next boys draw is at 3:15 p.m., and Tardi said cited weight-calling as something they’ll look to improve on.
“The ice is changing a little bit, with faster spots and slower spots, and we’ve been having trouble with it,” he noted. “But we’ve been playing all-round really well for the most part.”