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New Oilmen's Bonspiel champs

Defending champions shut out, C-event final goes down to the wire
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Champion X are the new Fort St. John Petroleum Association Oilmen's Bonspiel champs after shutting out defending champs Brad Brain Financial. Left to right: second Jeff Campbell, lead Peter Bergen, skip Clint Giesbrecht, and third Gary Felix.

Champion X are the 2022 Fort St. John Petroleum Association Oilmen's Bonspiel champs, but while the A-event final might have featured the best two teams of the weekend at the the 24-team tournament, it was the C-event showdown that everyone was watching, literally.

With teams from the other three finals already off the ice and upstairs in lounge, Scott Hydro-Vac and Sureline Projects put on a show.

Tied 5-5 after five ends, the Scott squad placed four in the sixth to jump out 9-5; Sureline responding with one in the seventh to make it 9-6 going into the eighth.

Although down by three, Sureline was determined to give it their best effort, and they did, lying three in house, and the chance to send the match to an extra end...but the hammer belonged to their opponents.

And, Scott skip Curtis Schafer did what he needed to do – place the last rock closest to the button, and he did, earning his rink a 10-6 decision and the title.

Champion X won the A-event championship with an 8-0 shutout of 2021 defending champion Brad Brain Financial – teams shaking hands after four ends.

Balon Valve took the B with a 7-2 win over N2X Process Solutions in a seven-end game.

And, Northern Impact Projects beat Rogers Trucking 4-1 in six to win the D-event crown.

Lead organizer Neil Carlstrom liked how the tournament went.

“It went exceptionally well. I think everyone was hungry to get out and fully take part,” he said.

“Last year with Covid, we were only restricted to only sixteen teams of three people on a team. This year, we halted teams at 24. We had a few on the waiting list to get in. Well-received by everyone. Really happy to see a couple of teams out of Calgary and teams out of Grande Prairie at this year’ s event.”

With a renewed interest and waiting list this year, Carlstrom said the organizing committee might consider expanding next November’s bonspiel to 32.

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