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Local rink takes home Airdrie Super League curling title

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 11:08 am

Aaron Sluchinski prepared to fire a shot down the ice during the Airdrie Super League championship game on March 25 at the Airdrie Curling Club.
Aaron Sluchinski prepared to fire a shot down the ice during the Airdrie Super League championship game on March 25 at the Airdrie Curling Club.
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With a 4-1 deficit staring him in the face after three ends, Airdrie resident Aaron Sluchinski needed to turn things around quickly if he wanted to have his team earn the 2014 Airdrie Super League title.

A change in his approach to the contest proved to be the difference, as Sluchinski clawed his way back to take an 8-4 win in seven ends over Rhett Friesz at the Airdrie Curling Club on March 25.

“The first couple of ends were the absolute worst that we played all year long, so we just changed our style of game to one where we just grinded away,” Sluchinski said. “When you are behind in a game like we were, you just have to get rocks in play and hope to have some luck on your side.”

“We were able to make some key shots here and there, and they had a couple of misses which allowed us to take the lead,” he added. “We have been playing in Super League for a couple of years now, and it was nice to finally finish off the year with a win, as we have never done well in the playoffs.”

After picking up a three-ender in the fourth end to tie the game up at four, Sluchinski and the rest of his local team, which included Brent Hamilton at third, Brad Chyz at second, and Scott Garnett at lead, controlled the contest for the rest of the way.

By getting their rocks in good position in the rings, Friesz was unable to get them out of play, which allowed Sluchinski to steal four points over the last three ends.

“Rhett actually had a shot for four in the fifth end, but we were able to get a steal of one when everything finished up, and that ended up being a huge deal for us,” Sluchinski said.

“The last couple of ends before that were pretty back and forth, but I think that we had momentum on our side once we got that steal.”

Although his team was unable to come away with the victory after jumping out to a quick lead in the championship game, Friesz was still happy with how the season went.

“This was our team’s first year together, and there is nothing wrong about making the finals at the end of the season,” Friesz said.

“We had a good start, but we just had some shots that came up short, and that was pretty much the story of this game for us.”


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