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Defending champion Jeff Stoughton of Charleswood curling club has secured an opening round playoff spot at the 2014 Safeway Championship at MTS Iceplex.

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Defending champion Jeff Stoughton of Charleswood curling club has secured an opening round playoff spot at the 2014 Safeway Championship at MTS Iceplex. Photo Store

The playoff field is set at the 2014 Safeway Championship at MTS Iceplex.

Four B-side qualifying games Friday afternoon determined the final berths into the 8-team playoff round that begins at Iceplex Friday night.

Richard Muntain defeated Richard Daneault 8-2; Steen Sigurdson defeated Justin Richter 7-4; Steve Irwin defeated David Kraichy 6-3; and Randy Neufeld defeated Trevor Loreth 8-6 in an extra end.

The matchups for the opening round of the playoffs, which begin at 7:45 p.m. tonight, are: Jeff Stoughton will play Neufeld; Mike McEwen will play Muntain; Rob Fowler will play Sigurdson; and Willie Lyburn will play Irwin.

Those eight teams will play down to a four-team page playoff format, which begins Saturday night. The winner of Sunday afternoon’s final will go on to represent Manitoba at the Brier in Kamloops, Mar. 1-9.

 

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