Koe, Gushue get big wins on men’s side
SUMMERSIDE – The Stefanie Lawton rink from Saskatoon, Sask., is headed to the playoffs at the 2014 Players’ Championship.
Lawton defeated Crystal Webster’s foursome 5-3 on Friday afternoon to advance to the quarter-finals on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Lawton, who finished the round robin at 3-2, will face Canadian women’s champion Rachel Homan (3-2), and Olympic gold-medallist Jennifer Jones (3-2) will take on Scotland’s Eve Muirhead (4-1) in the other quarter-final.
Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland and Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden earned byes to the semifinals with 4-1 records.
Tirinzoni will face the winner of the Homan-Lawton game, and Sigfridsson will meet the Jones-Muirhead winner. Both semifinals are Saturday at 8:30 p.m., with the women’s final on Sunday at 11 a.m.
In the other women’s afternoon game, Julie Hastings edged Val Sweeting 6-5 to leave both teams at 1-4.
The women’s round robin is now completed.
In men’s afternoon action, Kevin Koe remained undefeated at 4-0 with an 8-6 win over Glenn Howard, who completed the round robin at 1-4.
It marked the final game for the current Howard rink as third stone Wayne Middaugh is not returning and second stone Brent Laing is moving to Alberta. The crowd and players on the ice at Eastlink Arena saluted the Howard rink with a thunderous standing ovation after it was announced it was the rink’s final game together.
It was tweeted by @CurlingZone that in 10 years together the Howard rink, which also includes lead Craig Savill, has an amazing record of 729 wins and 203 losses.
The Brad Gushue rink, which doubled Steve Laycock 8-4, is headed to the playoffs after completing round-robin play at 4-1. The Gushue rink, which is the crowd favourites this week, includes third stone Brett Gallant of Charlottetown and second stone Adam Casey of Seven Mile Bay.
Kevin Martin evened his record at 2-2 with a 5-3 win over Scotland’s David Murdoch (1-3).