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Third seed Rob Fowler wins opening game at curling championship

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Skip Mike McEwen of the Fort Rouge Curling Club throws during play against  Glenn Parrott of Minnedosa in the first draw of the 2014 Safeway Championships at the MTS Iceplex this morning. McEwen won 10-2 in 8 ends.

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Skip Mike McEwen of the Fort Rouge Curling Club throws during play against Glenn Parrott of Minnedosa in the first draw of the 2014 Safeway Championships at the MTS Iceplex this morning. McEwen won 10-2 in 8 ends. Photo Store

Third seed Rob Fowler of Brandon won his opening game at the Safeway Manitoba men's curling championship at MTS Iceplex this afternoon.

Fowler defeated Gladstone’s Geoff Trimble 7-4 on the 12:15 p.m. draw to become the second of the top seeds to win today. Second seed Mike McEwen was also a winner in his opening game earlier today.

Top seed and defending champion Jeff Stoughton sees his first action on the 4 p.m. draw today. Stoughton plays Burntwood’s Grant Brown.

Meanwhile, Sean Grassie -- the fourth seed and 2013 finalist at this event -- fell victim to an early upset, losing 6-5 to Dauphin’s Greg Todoruk on the 12:15 p.m. draw.

In other games on the 12:15 p.m. draw, 2002 Manitoba men’s champion Mark Lukowich lost 9-2 to Pembina’s Randy Neufeld; Pinawa’s Richard Muntain beat Stonewall’s Jared Kolomaya 8-4; and Granite’s Scott Ramsay beat Pembina’s Don Nelson 8-3.

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Second seed Mike McEwen was a convincing winner on the opening draw Wednesday morning of the Safeway Manitoba mens curling championship at the MTS Iceplex.

McEwen hammered Minnedosa’s Glenn Parrott 10-2 in eight ends as play got underway at Iceplex. The event runs until Sunday, with the winner going on to represent Manitoba at the Brier in Kamloops in March.

In other opening draw games, Neepawa’s Kelly Robertson defeated Virden’s Graham Freeman 10-2; West Kildonan’s Bob Sigurdson beat Riverton’s Justin Richter 8-3; Granite’s Richard Daneault beat Doug Hamblin of Morris 6-1; and Heather’s Steen Sigurdson beat Pembina’s Dave Johnson 8-2.

Third seed Rob Fowler of Brandon sees his first action on the 12:15 p.m. draw when he takes on Gladstone’s Geoff Trimble.

Top seed Jeff Stoughton sees the ice for the first time at 4 p.m. today when he plays Burntwood’s Grant Brown.

History

Updated on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 3:26 PM CST: Updates with afternoon draw results.

6:37 PM: Fixes typos.

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