Bottcher successfully defends Alberta Boston Pizza Cup


Brendan Bottcher has retained the Alberta Boston Pizza Cup to book a return trip to the Tim Hortons Brier.

Bottcher successfully defended the provincial title with a decisive 9-3 victory over Karsten Sturmay in Sunday’s final in Spruce Grove.

The team of Bottcher, third Darren Moulding, second Brad Thiessen and lead Karrick Martin won their first Boston Pizza Cup a year ago and went undefeated once again with a 5-0 record.

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Sturmay, a three-time Alberta junior champion, scored first in the all-Edmonton match with a steal in the second but it was all Bottcher from there.

Bottcher hit for two in the third and got his stolen point back in four when Sturmay over-curled and clicked a guard with his last. Sturmay pulled off the high-pressure draw for one in the fifth.

The game-breaker came in the sixth when Bottcher hit off his own to get in and eliminate Sturmay’s shot rock for four points and a commanding 7-2 lead.

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