Bonot, Jacobs open with pair of wins

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Trevor Bonot of Thunder Bay and defending champ Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie reeled off a pair of victories to open play at the Northern Ontario men’s curling championship Wednesday in Nipigon.
Bonot would make key steals in the eighth and 10th ends to stop Thunder Bay’s Jeff Currie 6-4 in the late draw and scored six in the ninth end to upend Matt Dumontelle of Sudbury 11-5 in afternoon action.
Jacobs opened defence of his title with a 7-3 win over Jordan Chandler of North Bay and followed it up by beating Rob Gordon of Sudbury 5-4 in Wednesday’s late draw.
Al Hackner’s Thunder Bay crew got off to a good start with a 7-2 victory over Dumontelle in only six ends. Hackner’s rink had a bye in the afternoon draw.
In the only other late-draw contest, Bryan Burgess of Thunder Bay evened his record at 1-1 by scoring three in the 10th end to edge Mike Jakubo of Sudbury 7-6.
Earlier in the day, Currie connected for deuces in the seventh and eighth ends to get past Jakubo 5-2, while Gordon doubled up Burgess 6-3.
Action continues today with three draws at 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The top three teams, excluding tiebreakers, advance to the playoffs which begin Saturday.
The final is slated for Sunday at 9:30 p.m., unless there are two or more tiebreakers.
Should the tiebreakers occur, the final is set for 2:30 p.m.