New Westminster's Pierce a shot short of curling crown
Royal City Curling Club's Brent Pierce came up a shot short in his team's bid to win the provincial men's curling championship.
Pierce attempted an angle-raise takeout with his last shot of the final but just missed to allow Kelowna's Jim Cotter to steal a point and a 7-5 win in Parksville on Sunday. The victory earned Cotter a return to the Canadian men's championship which will be held in Saskatoon, March 3 to 11.
Pierce had reached the final by clobbering Cotter 9-2 Saturday morning, but the Kelowna team bounced back with a 7-6 extra-end victory over another Royal City team skipped by Chris Baier.
Sunday's final was the only loss suffered by Pierce in the event. He, third Jeff Richards, second Kevin Recksiedler and lead Grant Dezura ran off four consecutive victories to claim the A spot in the playoffs of the 16-team event.
Pierce previously won the British Columbia curling crown in 1998 and 2000 when he played third for Greg McAulay, and third for Sean Geall in 2009. The 2000 team went on to win the world championship.
In October, Pierce's father Glen passed away. He skipped the B.C. championship team in 1979 and the Canadian mixed champions in 1982.