Sahaidak, Lott fall in national mixed doubles curling semifinals

The Winnnipeg Beach Curling Club duo of Kadriana Sahaidak (left) and Colton Lott discuss strategy during one of their games at the Canadian mixed doubles curling championship in Fredericton, N.B., which was held from March 19 to 24. Rob Blanchard Photography / Curling Canada

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A return trip to the Canadian mixed doubles curling championship was not meant to be for a Winnipeg Beach Curling Club duo.

Kadriana Sahaidak and Colton Lott dropped a 7-6 semifinal decision to the team of Nancy Martin and Tyrel Griffith in Fredericton, N.B., on March 24 — one year after the young Manitobans reached the national final, only to lose 8-7 to Laura Walker and Kirk Muyres in Leduc, Alta.

The Winnipeg Beach team posted a 6-1 record in Pool C play — their only loss came at the hands of Martin and Griffith — to reach the 12-team playoff round.

Sahaidak and Lott scored a 7-4 victory over Manitoba champions and good friends Melissa Gordon and Colin Kurz in a round-of-12 matchup on March 23, and followed that with a 7-4 triumph over British Columbia-based Dezaray Hawes and Tyler Tardi.

After surrendering a deuce in the first end, Martin and Griffith responded with a four-ender in the second and stole one in three for a 5-2 advantage. Sahaidak and Lott kept fighting and battled back to tie the game with a deuce in six and stolen point in seven. Unfortunately for the Manitobans, they were unable to steal in the eighth as Martin and Griffith scored one for the win.

Meanwhile, East St. Paul product Kyle Doering and his partner Ashley Groff struggled to a 2-5 record in Pool A play in New Brunswick, missing out on the playoffs.

Their first loss, 9-3, came at the hands of the eventual winners: Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant. Peterman and Gallant downed Martin and Griffith 9-6 in the final on the strength of a five-ender in the sixth.