Saskatchewan tied for third place heading into Saturday at the Brier

Photo Courtesy of Curling Canada Saskatchewan's entry at the 2021 Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary consists of skip Matt Dunstone, bottom left, third Braeden Moskowy, second Kirk Muyres, lead Dustin Kidby and coach Adam Kingsbury.

It was an up and down start to championship pool at the Tim Hortons Brier for Saskatchewan on Friday in Calgary.

Following an 9-5 loss to Wayne Middaugh’s Wild Card 3 rink in the afternoon, the team of Matt Dunstone, Braeden Moskowy, Kirk Muyres and Dustin Kidby rebounded in the evening draw with an 8-7 triumph over Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher.

“It was a great bounce back from the guys,” Dunstone said to the media after the game.

“We’re right where we want to be. We still control our own destiny and as long as we can do that, we like where we are positioned.”

With the victory, Saskatchewan improved to 7-3 and are tied for third and final playoff spot with Team Canada’s Brad Gushue, Ontario’s John Epping and Bottcher.

Middaugh and Kevin Koe’s Wild Card 2 rink lead the way at 8-2, while Manitoba’s Jason Gunnlaugson and Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs have 6-4 marks.

Dunstone’s final two games of the championship pool will be on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Jacobs and at 7:30 p.m. against Gunnlaugson.