Reid Carruthers, Mike McEwen, Derek Samagalski and Colin Hodgson are one win away from a trip to the Brier next month in Brandon.

The West St. Paul foursome defeated Jason Gunnlaugson of the Morris Curling Club 9-2 in six ends in the 1-2 page playoff game Saturday night at the 2019 Viterra Manitoba Men’s Provincial Curling Championship in Virden.

“We were pretty solid, especially the last two days,” said Carruthers who will play in the final Sunday at 2:30 p.m. “I’m very happy about how we’re playing and excited and nervous about tomorrow.”

The loss was Gunnlaugson’s first at Tundra Oil & Gas Place this week.

This year it’s both but from 2009 through 2018 it was either McEwen or Carruthers playing on Sunday afternoon in the Provincial Men’s final.

“Mike and Reid are awesome,” said Samagalski when asked about the dynamic of watching McEwen and Curruthers on the same team. “It’s been a struggle a little bit this year just trying to find our perfect combination and I think we finally found it. We all have confidence in each other and tomorrow we’re going to give it all we got and hopefully we’re the ones wearing that Buffalo on our backs.”

Gunnlaugson will face William Lyburn of the Granite in the semifinal Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

Lyburn outscored Tanner Lott of Winnipeg Beach 8-7 in the 3-4 page playoff game.

 
viterra allstars feb09 2019 Viterra Championship All-Stars (photo courtesy CurlManitoba) lead Colin Hodgson, second Kyle Doering, third Colton Lott, skip Jason Gunnlaugson, Jason Bell (Winnipeg Free Press)

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Wednesday, February 20th

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Varsity Boys Basketball
SRSS vs Dakota
@ Steinbach, 6 p.m.

WHSHL
Platinum Promotions Tier II Division
SRSS vs Oak Park
@ Wpg, 3:15 p.m.
(Sabres lead best of 3 semifinal 1-0)

HTJHL
Quarterfinals
Lorette at Grunthal, 8 p.m.
(Comets lead best of 5 series 2-0)

MJHL
Portage at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.
OCN at Swan Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Dauphin at Waywayseecappo, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild vs Interlake
@ Teulon, 7:45 p.m.
Pembina Valley at Wpg Bruins, 7 p.m.
Southwest vs Brandon
@ Souris, 7:30 p.m.

U17 Midget Prep Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Warriors, 6:30 p.m.

CSHL
La Broquerie at Ste. Anne, 8 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 7 semifinal 1-0)

WHL
Calgary at Brandon, 7 p.m.

AHL
Toronto 4 Manitoba 3

NHL
Chicago at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Colorado, 7:30 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at Calgary, 8:30 p.m.
Boston at Vegas, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, February 19th

South Central Athletic Conference
Junior Varsity Girls Basketball
St. Norbert 74 SRSS 25

WHSHL
Platinum Promotions
Tier II Division
SRSS 2 Oak Park 0
(1st game in best of 3 semifinal)

MJHL
Wpg Blues 4 Selkirk 2

CSHL
Grunthal 7 Red River 3
(Red Wings lead best of 7 semifinal 2-1)

NHL
Tampa Bay 5 Philadelphia 2
Pittsburgh 4 New Jersey 3
N.Y. Rangers 2 Carolina 1
Florida 4 Buffalo 2
Montreal 3 Columbus 2
St. Louis 3 Toronto 2 (OT)
Anaheim 4 Minnesota 0
Nashville 5 Dallas 3
Arizona 3 Edmonton 2 (SO)

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