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Squirrels hold first, chase Boss Hog-Line with complete effort June 2, 2010

Posted by Joshua Sophy in Uncategorized.
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When is a point against a good thing? When it’s not three points against, of course.

The Blind Squirrels allowed Boss Hog-Line its second point in the 2nd end, but never looked back after that en route to a 6-3 win Tuesday night in Anthracite Curling Club 2010 Summer League action. The win puts the Squirrels (2-0-1) atop the Buckwheat Division going into next week’s League sabbatical.

In that 2nd end, Boss Hog-Line (1-1) was sitting on three points as the Skips stepped on the hack with their final two shots. Squirrels Skip Joshua Sophy was able tuck in his hammer shot between two of those scoring rocks, shaving two points off the damage. At the end of the 2nd, the Squirrels trailed 2-0 but the team sensed a turning point in the draw.

The Squirrels have been slow starters in each of their three draws but have responded in each. Lead Anne Friedman was first to respond in the 3rd end, dropping a well-placed guard and a scoring rock in the house on her two shots. Deft shots from Second Josh Stoffregen and Vice Kimm Montone protected that rock with their shots and Sophy was able to knock in another scoring rock with the hammer and the Squirrels had erased the deficit in just one end.

(From left) Sophy, Montone and Friedman sweep in a Stoffregen shot during Tuesday's draw with Boss Hog-Line. The Squirrels won, 6-3. John Quincy Photo

Those well-placed guards and scoring rocks continued to emanate from the Squirrels’ hack in the 4th, 5th and 6th ends as well. Without the hammer, the Squirrels rattled off four more consecutive points (including two more in the 4th end) to go up 6-2. In the 7th, once the team was able to do the math and realized only the unthinkable could only force a tie, Sophy merely had to waste rocks and avoid any errors.

“After we shook off our rust and I made that shot in the 2nd, my job got a lot easier. Most of my shots were conservative. All I had to do was not screw-up,” Sophy said after the draw. “The rest of the team was incredible at placing their shots and getting us points. The ice was really fast tonight and I didn’t want any nutty bounces or wicked curls erasing all their hard work.”

The fast ice sent many BHL shots through the house and out the back door. Meanwhile, the Squirrels used soft shots and three-person sweeping efforts much of the night to guide the rocks where they needed to be.

“Everyone’s really getting an idea early in the draws of what the ice is doing. It’s very fickle – sticky early and a racetrack by 9:30,” Sophy said. “Our team effort was fantastic tonight. This was a real challenge, and Boss Hog was a tough opponent. We’ve all already experienced those nights when it seems like every shot is going through the house. We were fortunate tonight. They have a good strategy on the ice.”

June 1 boxscore
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final
Blind Squirrels
0 0 2 2 1 1 0 6
Boss Hog-Line 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3


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