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World Curling Tour: USA's Sarah Anderson/Korey Dropkin wins Qualico Mixed Doubles Classic
USA's Sarah Anderson/Korey Dropkin wins Qualico Mixed Doubles Classic

Sarah Anderson/Korey Dropkin (Minneapolis, USA) wins the Qualico Mixed Doubles Classic, defeating Jocelyn Peterman/Brett Gallant (Winnipeg, Manitoba) 9-4 at the Banff Curling Club in Banff, Canada. The Qualico Mixed Doubles Classic was a joint competition with 36 teams from around the world held at the Banff and Canmore Curling Clubs. Anderson/Dropkin take home the $10,000CDN first place cheque, while Peterman/Gallant receives $5,000CDN and 0.000 world ranking points for their second-place finish. This season the inaugural Qualico Mixed Doubles Classic joined the ISS World Mixed Doubles Tour as a major tournament on the calendar schedule with a $29,000CDN purse.

Starting with hammer, Anderson/Dropkin scored 2 in the first end, when Peterman/Gallant responded in the second end scoring 2. Anderson/Dropkin scored 2 in the third end, then forced Peterman/Gallant to a single in the fourth end to lead 4-3. The game was tied by a steal for Peterman/Gallant in the fifth end when Anderson/Dropkin blew open the game scoring 5 in the sixth end for the 9-4 win.

In the semifinals, Anderson/Dropkin defeated Chelsea Carey/Colin Hodgson (Calgary, Alberta) 8-6 and Peterman/Gallant defeated Danielle Schmiemann/Jason Ginter (Edmonton, Alberta) 8-2. Carey/Hodgson and Schmiemann/Ginter earned $2,000CDN for their semifinal finishes. In the quarterfinals, Anderson/Dropkin defeated Laura Walker/Geoff Walker (Edmonton, Alberta) 6-3, Peterman/Gallant defeated Kaitlyn Lawes/John Morris (Canmore, Alberta) 6-5, while Carey/Hodgson defeated Jennifer Jones/Brent Laing (Winnipeg, Manitoba) 7-2 and Schmiemann/Ginter defeated Kristin Moen Skaslien/Magnus Nedregotten (Oslo, Norway) 8-4. Lawes/Morris, Skaslien/Nedregotten, Jones/Laing and Walker/Walker earned $1,500CDN for their quarterfinal finishes.

Joining the top 8 in in the playoffs, Shannon Birchard/Catlin Schneider (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Marlene Albrecht/Matt Wozniak (Zurich, Switzerland), Anna Fowler/Ben Fowler (London, England) and Nadine Scotland/Charlie Thomas (Calgary, Alberta) come away with a $1,000CDN prize.

Anderson/Dropkin went 5-0 in the 36 team round robin pools qualifying round. In their opening game, Anderson/Dropkin defeated Sherry Just/Sam Wills (Fox Valley, Saskatchewan) 9-2, won against Birchard/Schneider 9-8, against Jenny Perret/Martin Rios (Glarus, Switzerland) 7-6 and Karen Dreaver/Tim Birnie (Canmore, Alberta) 8-0 going on to finish the round robin undefeated with a win against Kirsten Silcox/Jason Keerak (Calgary, Alberta) 8-0 in their final qualifying round match.


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