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Manitoba men victorious at morning draw

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Skip Mike McEwen reacts after a shot against John Morris at the 2013 Roar Of The Rings championship this morning.

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Skip Mike McEwen reacts after a shot against John Morris at the 2013 Roar Of The Rings championship this morning.

Both Manitoba men’s rinks are now back in the battle at the Olympic curling trials, as both Mike McEwen and Jeff Stoughton earned their first win of the week in the Tuesday morning draw.

McEwen wielded his hammer to set up a big three-point eighth end against B.C.-based skip John Morris, and went on to win 7-5. Minutes later, Stoughton used his last rock to clutch a 10th end point against Team John Epping to win 4-3. Both Manitoban rinks now sit at 1-2.

Stoughton’s win came after a scary miss in the ninth, where he sent his final rock sailing past the button to lose a possible gain of three points, and instead handing Epping a one-point steal to tie the game at four. But he carried the hammer into the 10th end and scored the single to put it away.

Elsewhere in the morning draw, reigning Brier champion Brad Jacobs bested Ontario curling veteran Glenn Howard 6-5, and reigning Olympic champion Kevin Martin completed a late-game comeback to best Alberta champ Kevin Koe 6-5.

Jacobs and Martin are now the pnly two undefeated teams on the men’s side, sitting 3-0 before the afternoon draw. Morris and falls to 2-1, with Howard and Epping joining Stoughton and McEwen in the 1-2 pile. Koe is the lone skip yet to eke out a win, sitting 0-3.

The Roar of the Rings continues this afternoon with the fourth women’s draw, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The men play again at 6:30 p.m.

 

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