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Cotter rink rolls into Page Playoff at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

Jim Cotter of Vernon, along with third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffiths and lead Rick Sawatsky, have advanced into the Page Playoff as the top seeded team after edging out Michael Johnson of New Westminster 5-4 Thursday at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr photo, The Nelson Daily

Earlier in the week, Jim Cotter expressed that the goal of every team at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships was to “make the playoffs.”

Cotter grabbed the top spot in the Page Playoff Thursday night, holding off Michael Johnson of New Westminster 5-4 in the A-Final at the Nelson Curling Club.

The defending BC Men’s Champ took control of the game from the opening end, scoring the deuce in the first end.

Johnson, Craig book tickets into A semi final at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Championships

Kelowna's Jeff Richard pulled off a magical finish to edge Mark Longworth of Vernon 11-10 in B event play Wednesday evening at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

Michael Johnson and Wes Craig booked tickets into the A semi final after posting wins during the evening draw at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Championships Wednesday at the Nelson Curling Club.

Johnson, third Chris Baier, second Ty Dilello and lead Mitch Young, was able to double Royal City Curling Club teammate Dean Joanisse 6-3 while Craig, edged Sean Geall 7-6.

Defending champ Jim Cotter rolls into A semi final at Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

Lead Darren Will (right) and second Dave Toffolo try desperately to sweep a stone from skip Tom Buchy into the rings during Draw 2 action Wednesday at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

It took defending BC Champion Jim Cotter a few ends to become familiar with the surroundings of the Nelson Curling Club.

However, after a couple of ends it was full steam ahead for the Vernon foursome during Day One of the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships.

Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffiths and lead Rick Sawatsky ran the table to advance into the A semi final Thursday.

The Vernon rink doubled Will House of Richmond 6-3 in Draw 1 before dominating Chase Martyn of New Westminster 9-2 in the afternoon.

Rinks eager to begin play at Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship

All eyes at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships are on defending champion Jim Cotter, who took to the ice Tuesday for a practice session at the Nelson Curling Club. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The team that will represent British Columbia at the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier has started their journey – but first they will have to knock out the competition at the provincial championship.

Sixteen teams are looking to lock up the B.C. title at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship, which gets underway Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Nelson Curling Club.

Crunch time as rinks arrive for 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

Fred Thomson shows the ring everyone is playing for at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships. —The Nelson Daily photo

It’s getting close to crunch time for teams at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships.

Tuesday, all 16 teams will be on the ice practicing in preparation for the triple-knockout event to crown BC representative at the 2016 Tim Horton’s Brier, March 5-13 in Ottawa.

KIJHL gets it right after Leafs appeal suspensions

Leafs netminder Patrick Ostermann watch the rebound closely during Friday's 5-3 KIJHL win over Castlegar at the NDCC Arena. — Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League has never been big on promoting itself.

However, league governors should be pleased to give themselves a pat on the back after correcting original suspensions following a January 29th game at the NDCC Arena between Nelson and Castlegar.

Following the penalty-filled contest, as many as three Leafs had suspensions posted on the KIJHL website.

BlackJack's Julien Locke Wins Sprint at the NORAM

Julien Locke of Rossland's BlackJack Ski Club won his second sprint race in a row. — Photo courtesy Patrick Haag

Snow conditions left a lot to be desired in the Outaouais region, but the skiers dealt with it.  Before the races, there had been rain and warm temperatures; on race day, the weather was fine -- sunny, and a bit below freezing.

Julien Locke of Rossland's BlackJack Ski Club won the sprint in the previous Buff race, and also in the US Nationals in January.