Please excuse Montreal West skip Kim Moskalewski if it seemed like he wanted to grab his pin and run Sunday afternoon at the Schenectady Curling Club. He was scheduled to play in a regional match at 7 p.m. at Glenmore Curling Club, west of Montreal.
Moskalewski became the first three-time winner of the Gazette Newspapers-sponsored John G. Green Trophy by defeating Broomstones and skip Will Cousins, 6-2, in the finals of the 48th Junior Invitational Bonspiel.
The three-day event drew a field of 21 rinks.
Moskalewski, who turned 21 in December, found himself in an odd situation this season; he was still eligible to compete in junior events in the United States, but too old for Canadian bonspiels. So he’s competing in an adult mixed league back home, and his team is trying to advance in the regionals, with a key match Sunday night.
But that didn’t stop Moskalewski from returning to the Schenectady bonspiel for the fifth straight year.
“This is my favorite bonspiel,” said Moskalewski, who is pursuing a degree in early childhood education. “It’s the atmosphere, it’s the camaraderie and the fact that you get billeted here [visiting curlers stay with host families]
“And you don’t see this much food in Canadian tournaments.”
The Schenectady juniors haven’t seen many skips like Moskalewski, who won the Green Trophy in 2005 and 2006. He got knocked out in the semifinals a year later, and lost in the finals last year.
Sunday, Montreal West held a 2-1 edge over Broomstones through four ends, then broke the match open by scoring three in the fifth.
“At that point, they were playing for freezes [running a rock up tight to an opponent’s],” Moskalewski said. “They were a bit heavy, and it opened things up a bit. I knew I could get one, but if I hit it right, I could get three.”
Moskalewski’s brother, Shawn, 19, played lead, but held the broom for the skip’s shots. Zack Wise, 17, and Robert Derry, 18, have had a successful season in the junior ranks.
Cousins curled with Thomas Howell, Justin Hope and Schenectady’s Donald Mackintosh.
Semifinal-round losers from the Green met in the fourth event, the Mackintosh Medal, where St. Lambert and skip Matthew Birrell eased past Cape Cod (Laura Murphy), 9-1.
The Eugene A, Fink Memorial Medal, the second event, was an all-Plainfield, N.J., affair, as Nicole Arsenault’s rink downed Jeremy Ringler’s foursome, 7-4.
Albany’s Katlyn Beebe, skipping her “Aruba” rink, reached the finals of the third event, the Munro Medal, but lost to Rochester’s Samantha Erlandson, 9-7.
Montreal West 110 030 1x — 6
Broomstones 000 101 0x — 2
Plainfield (Arsenault) 300 201 1x — 7
Plainfield (Reynolds) 003 010 0x — 4
Semifinals — Plainfield ((Arsenault) def. Rochester (Jeremy Unterborn), 10-9; Plainfield (Reynolds) def. Nashua (Sean Hennessey), 10-4.
Aruba 001 131 01 — 7
Rochester 240 000 30 — 9
Cape Cod 000 100 xx — 1
St. Lambert 312 021 xx — 9