CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — Scotland’s Team Ross Paterson captured their first Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title at the Boost National.
Team Paterson clipped countrymen Team Bruce Mouat 4-3 in an extra end during Sunday’s the all-Scottish men’s final Sunday.
Here is how it all went down.
1ST END: Swing and a miss to start. Mouat opened with the hammer and just when it looked like he was going to convert for a multiple count by hitting and peeling out Paterson’s shot rock, he drove right by it leaving it untouched for a steal. PATERSON 1, MOUAT 0
2ND END: Team Mouat was forced to a single with Team Paterson hiding one behind cover. Mouat was able to wrap around and hit to take it out but his shooter stuck around in the rings. PATERSON 1, MOUAT 1
3RD END: It’s still hammer time for Paterson as he blanked the third end. PATERSON 1, MOUAT 1
4TH END: Mouat put the pressure on to lie a triangle of counters and wrestle back control of the hammer by forcing Paterson to another single. Paterson was perfect putting his draw shot on the pin. PATERSON 2, MOUAT 1
5TH END: A huge missed opportunity for Mouat, who was looking to blank with a hit and roll but landed on the nose and stopped for a point and loss of hammer. PATERSON 2, MOUAT 2
6TH END: The force is strong in this one with Paterson drawing to the side of the four-foot circle for another lonely point. PATERSON 3, MOUAT 2
7TH END: Mouat is drawing a blank. But seriously, an empty house led to Mouat heaving his last right through the rings to retain the all-important hammer for the potential final frame. PATERSON 3, MOUAT 2
8TH END: Mouat’s mistake on his first skip stone, running back a guard that hit and rolled out, prevented his team from scoring a winning deuce and he drew for just a single on his last to force an extra end. PATERSON 3, MOUAT 3
EXTRA END: Hit for the win. Facing two counters, Paterson connected and rolled into the four-foot circle to secure the title. PATERSON 4, MOUAT 3
The defending champion Mouat rolled through undefeated at 6-0. Mouat topped the round-robin table, including a 7-1 win over Paterson, eliminated home-province heroes Team Brad Gushue of St. John’s in the quarterfinals and Calgary’s Team Kevin Koe in the semis.
Team Paterson went 2-2 in pool play, including a loss to Team Mouat, and ousted Sweden’s Team Niklas Edin in the quarterfinals and Team Glenn Howard of Penetanguishene, Ont., in the semifinals to reach their first Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling championship game.
Later, Ottawa’s Team Rachel Homan face Team Kerri Einarson of Gimli, Man., in the women’s final at 5:30 p.m. NT / 4 p.m. ET (Sportsnet East, Ontario, Pacific and Sportsnet ONE).
NOTES: The Boost National is the fourth event and second major of the 2018-19 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season. … Winners of the Boost National collect $30,000 of the $250,000 total purse plus berths to the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season finale Humpty’s Champions Cup. … Points are also on the line for the Pinty’s Cup, which is awarded to the overall season champions following the conclusion of the Players’ Championship in April. … All games in the series are played to eight ends with 33 minutes of thinking time plus two, 90-second timeouts. The five-rock rule is also in effect.