Yukon North Of Ordinary

Sports archive for January 24, 2014

Aho makes playoffs in record-setting appearance

A former Yukon curler is in uncharted waters at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, N.S.

By Marcel Vander Wier on January 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

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GOING FOR GOLD – Former Yukon curler David Aho, right, has clinched a playoff berth with Team Alberta at the junior curling nationals in Liverpool, N.S. Photo courtesy KIRSTEN HANLEY/CANADIAN CURLING ASSOCIATION

A former Yukon curler is in uncharted waters at the 2014 M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, N.S.

Nineteen-year-old David Aho, now a second with Team Alberta, set two records at this year’s tournament by making his eight appearance in the men’s championship and becoming the first player to play for three different teams.

His first six appearances at junior nationals were on behalf of the Northwest Territories, then the Yukon in 2012, and now Alberta.

This morning, Aho is in yet another new place – the playoffs.

Team Alberta – made up of skip Carter Lautner, third Taylor Ardiel, Aho and lead Kyle Morrison – clinched a berth in Sunday’s semifinal with a 7-2 win over Northern Ontario’s Tanner Morgan.

“It’s fantastic. It’s great to finally make the playoffs,” said Aho, a student at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary. “We still hold our destiny in our own hands. We just have to come out with two good games and we’ll be right where we want to be. But we’re where we want to be right now.”

Alberta (7-3) will take on New Brunswick’s Rene Comeau (7-3) in the semifinal with the winner advancing to meet Manitoba’s Braden Calvert (9-1) in the gold-medal game Sunday at 12 p.m. PT.

The winner there will wear Canadian colours at the World Junior Championships, beginning Feb. 26 in Flims, Switzerland.

Aho, who has another year of junior eligibility, won his first Alberta jacket by beating his former Yukon skip Thomas Scoffin in the Alberta junior men’s final.

He was part of Scoffin’s rink at the 2012 tournament in Napanee, Ont., where the Yukon finished just out of the playoffs with a record of 7-5.

“I really like the Alberta colours,” Aho said. “And I like playing in Alberta because there are a lot more bonspiels nearby. It was a whole new experience coming out of Alberta.

“Our team has a lot of experience at the provincial level, so this is similar – just on a bigger scale. Everybody kind of knows what to expect, so hopefully we’ll come out ready to go and play two good games.”

The two Yukon curling rinks failed to make the championship rounds of eight this year.

The junior women’s rink, led by Sarah Koltun, finished 5-4, thumping Newfoundland and Labrador 10-5 earlier today.

Joe Wallingham’s junior men’s rink also finished 5-4 after hammering Nunavut 11-3 today to close out their tournament.

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