The last two provincial men's curling champions have now won five straight games at the 2017 Viterra Championship in Portage la Prairie.

Reigning champion Mike McEwen of Fort Rouge and 2015 champ Reid Carruthers of West St. Paul qualified for the Championship Round this morning.

McEwen, BJ Neufeld, Matt Wozniak and Denni Neufeld defeated Matt Dunstone of Deer Lodge 7-2 in seven ends in a rematch of last years final in Selkirk.

“It's important for us to be excited to play those guys and we are,” said McEwen. “I'm at the stage where I get excited to play the best teams so Saturday and Sunday of Manitoba provincials are my favourite days. Didn't use to be that way but age and wisdom. Some of the greats in our sport - Kevin Martin, Jeff Stoughton, all those guys got really excited to play the best. I was pumped to play the young guys today.”

Carruthers, Braeden Moskowy, Derek Samagalski and Colin Hodgson got three in the extra end and beat William Lyburn of the Granite 8-5.

“I think the guys were a little jittery in that one and it's good to feel that because we know we're probably going to feel that tonight when we're up against a great team like Mike's,” said Carruthers. “We earned ourselves a nice little rest. It will be nice to kick the feet up and come back even stronger tonight.”

McEwen and Carruthers will meet in the 1-2 game of the Championship Round with the winner advancing to the final on Sunday afternoon.

The loser will play in the semifinal tomorrow morning.

The final two spots will be determined this afternoon when Dunstone faces Jason Gunnlaugson of the Granite and Lyburn meets Trevor Loreth of the Granite
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Loreth and Gunnlaugson won Playoff Round “B” side games this morning.

Gunnlaugson downed David Bohn of Assiniboine Memorial 7-5 and Loreth beat Dennis Bohn of Assiniboine Memorial 6-4.

 

 

 

 

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SCOREBOARD

Saturday, September 23rd

MJHL
Steinbach at Selkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Virden at Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at OCN, 7 p.m.
Neepawa at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Exhibition
Eastman at Kenora, 7:30 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Regina, 8 p.m.

NHL
Exhibition
Winnipeg at Edmonton, 8 p.m.

Manitoba Major Soccer League
3rd Division
Sweatshack 3 Hanover Strikers 1

Manitoba Minor Football Association
Atom
Eastman Raiders vs Charleswood
@ Wpg, 2 p.m.

CFL
Montreal at Toronto, 6 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League
Houston 6 Los Angeles 2
New York 5 Toronto 1
Cleveland 11 Seattle 4
Minnesota at Detroit, 5:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago, 6:10 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 8:05 p.m.
National League
Milwaukee 4 Chicago 3 (10 innings)
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.
Philadelphia at Atlanta, 6:10 p.m.
Washington at New York, 6:10 p.m.
Miami at Arizona, 7:10 p.m.
Colorado at San Diego, 7:40 p.m.
San Francisco at Los Angeles, 8 p.m.
Interleague
Boston 5 Cincinnati 0

Sunday, September 24th

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Exhibition
Eastman vs Kenora
@ Beausejour, 3 p.m.

MJHL
Wpg Blues at Portage, 6:30 p.m.

Manitoba Major Soccer League
Premier Division
Hanover Kickers vs NKMB Saints
@ Wpg, 6 p.m.

Manitoba Minor Football Association
Bantam
Eastman Raiders vs Portage Pitbulls
@ Steinbach, 9 a.m.
Pee Wee
Eastman Raiders vs Westman Wolverines
@ Steinbach, 11:30 a.m.
Crunchers
Eastman Raiders vs St. Vital Mustangs
@ Steinbach, 2 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League
Minnesota at Detroit, 11:10 p.m.
New York at Toronto, 12:07 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 12:35 p.m.
Kansas City at Chicago, 1:10 p.m.
Texas at Oakland, 3:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Seattle, 3:10 p.m.
Los Angeles at Houston, 7:08 p.m.
National League
Washington at New York, 12:10 p.m.
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.
Philadelphia at Atlanta, 12:35 p.m.
Chicago at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Los Angeles, 3:10 p.m.
Miami at Arizona, 3:10 p.m.
Colorado at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.
Interleague
Boston at Cincinnati, 12:10 p.m.

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