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National Junior Curling: Meyers falls in tiebreaker

The Ethan Meyers rink of Duluth, which includes Bemidji curlers Alex Fenson and Mark Fenner, advanced to Thursday's late tie-breaking round after finishing the round-robin portion of the Junior Curling National Championships in Madison Wis. with ...

The Ethan Meyers rink of Duluth, which includes Bemidji curlers Alex Fenson and Mark Fenner, advanced to Thursday's late tie-breaking round after finishing the round-robin portion of the Junior Curling National Championships in Madison Wis. with a 5-4 record.

But the team's hopes for a national championship ended in that tie-breaking game as Kyle Kakela of North Dakota defeated Meyers 7-4 to claim fourth place in the playoff seeding.

Meyers shared the 5-4 round-robin record with Evan Jensen of Wisconsin and Kakela and all three teams tied for the final two spots in the playoffs.

Because Jensen defeated both Meyers and Kakela during the round robin, Jensen was awarded the third seed in the playoffs while Meyers and Kakela met in the tie-breaker.

To reach Thursday's tie-breaker Meyers had to win its final two matches. Wednesday night the rink remained alive when it pasted Tony Wright of Duluth 10-3.

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Thursday afternoon Meyers rallied defeat Jake Vukich of Seattle 7-6 in 11 ends. Both teams entered the game with 4-4 records and knew the loser would be eliminated from the playoffs.

Junior National Curling

Final Standings

Dropkin (Mass.) 9-0, Morton (Wis.) 6-3, Jensen (Wis.) 5-4, Meyers (Minn.) 5-4, Kakela (N.D.) 5-4, Clark (N.Hamp.) 4-5, Vukich (Wash.) 4-5, Wright (Minn.) 3-6, Flippo (Alaska) 2-7, Kitchens (N.D.) 2-7

Wednesday's Eighth Draw

Meyers 10, Wright 3; Dropkin 8, Kitchens 5; Vukich 9, Jensen 5; Kakela 6, Flippo 5; Morton 12, Clark 2

Thursday's Ninth Draw

Meyers 7, Vukich 6, 11 ends; Wright 11, Flippo 9; Clark 11, Kitchens 5; Dropkin 9, Morton 6; Jensen 9, Kakela 2

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Thursday's Late Tie-Breaker

Kakela 7, Meyers 4

Friday's Games

2 p.m.: Page matches: Game 1: Kakela vs. Jensen; Game 2: Dropkin vs. Morton

7 p.m.: Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 loser

Saturday

2 p.m.: Game 4: Game 3 winner vs. Game 2 winner (winner is the champion)

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