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P.E.I. skip Eddie MacKenzie throws a rock during a game against Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton at the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier in Edmonton.
KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Three-time Brier winner Jeff Stoughton from Manitoba recovered from a slow start to beat Eddie MacKenzie and his P.E.I. rink 7-5 during the opening draw of the Brier Saturday.
The MacKenzie rink had an early 1-0 lead after earning a single in the first end of the opening draw of the Canadian men’s curling championship.
While Stoughton had a double in the second end, MacKenzie earned singles in the third and fourth ends to lead 3-2.
Stoughton stole singles in six, seven and eight to overcome the 3-2 deficit and take control of the game.
While MacKenzie had a double in the ninth end, Stoughton held off the team with a single in the tenth end to seal the match.
The P.E.I. rink is based out of the Charlottetown Curling Complex and plays its next game on Sunday against Nova Scotia's Jamie Murphy.
The opening draw also saw B.C.'s John Morris steal one in the 10th end to beat Alberta's Kevin Koe 7-6.
Northern Ontario's Jeff Currie beat New Brunswick's James Grattan 13-5. The two rinks shook hands after the eighth end.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s Brad Gushue also beat Nova Scotia’s Jamie Murphy rink 7-2.