Hay River curlers represent N.W.T. in Fairbanks
A team from Hay River is representing the Northwest Territories in curling at the Arctic Winter Games, and though they have gotten off to a rough start, they're now feeling confident about taking home a ulu.
Skip Logan Gagnier says he feels good about their chances.
"We had other chances to go but we didn't capitalize cause our team wasn't strong," he says. "But I feel like our team is at a good spot right now to do well at the Arctic Winter Games."
He says the team has played together for three years and know each other's strengths and weaknesses. The team also has the advantage of having played in an international tournament before.
"Knowing how other teams play, it's not going to be the same way as we play so learn to adapt."
Team NWT junior boys curling
Logan Gagnier, Skip
Nathan Scheper, Third
Nicholas Cockney, Second
Cordell Gagnier, Lead
Paul Delorey, coach
Coach Paul Delorey says in a tournament like this one, every shot counts.
"They're capable of making any shots out there, so concentrate, think of what the ice is doing and just give it your all every shot, one shot at a time."
In Fairbanks the team is there to represent the Northwest Territories, but for their coach and here in Hay River, they represent the the future of curling.
"I think we're fighting the same thing that a lot of rural communities are fighting right across Canada," says Delorey. "Actually curling in general has gone somewhat downhill so what we're trying to do is start out with the youth and hopefully get some people interested again and hopefully start building the club from the grassroots up again."
The team was two and two after the round robin. All five teams will go through to a playoff round which takes place Wednesday.