The Peacock mixed curling team pulled off a rare feat during play in the Moose Jaw High School Curling League on Thursday night.
Skip Skylar Ackerman, along with third Jacob Radwanski, second Haley Rosso and lead Matthew Swanson, orchestrated an eight-ender at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre.
“A little bit of luck has to come into play in an eight-ender, but we happen to get all our rocks in the house and they couldn’t execute their shots right,” said Ackerman over the phone after the incredible end.
It’s just the second eight-ender to happen in Saskatchewan during the 2017-18 curling season. There was nine during 2016-17.
Ackerman said they got the bounces when they needed them to keep all their rocks in play to pull off the big end, “I could see that we had a bunch of rocks in play, but I never thought that we’d get eight,” she said. “I didn’t really realize until I went to throw my last one and I was like, ‘Oh, we have a shot at this.
“We were pretty excited, that doesn’t happen very often, we’re pretty proud of each other, that’s for sure.”
This is actually the second eight-ender that Ackerman has been a part of during her young curling career. She was a part of her first when she was 12 on a team with her dad (Patrick Ackerman), brother (Carson Ackerman) and Kaitlin Corbin. “It’s quite something, I don’t really know what to think about it actually, I guess I get pretty lucky,” she said.
Ackerman will join up with her junior team after Christmas for the 2018 Saskatchewan Junior Curling Championships in Regina. They open on Wednesday next week.
Moose Jaw will also be represented by Brett Behm and Carson Ackerman’s rinks on the men’s side at the junior provincials.