Winnipeg – The Reid Carruthers rink of West St. Paul took the long route to get there, but the reward was an 18 thousand dollar first prize check for winning the World Curling Tour’s Canad Inns Men’s Classic in Portage.
Carruthers, who had to qualify out of the “C” Event on Sunday Night, scored deuces in the second, fourth, and seventh ends to edge Charley Thomas of Edmonton 6-5 in Monday Night’s Championship Final.
The victory vaulted the 2015 Manitoba Provincial Champs into third place on the early season, WCT money winner’s list.
Earlier in the day, Carruthers and his rink of Braeden Moskowy (third), Derek Samagalski (second), and Colin Hodgson (Lead) defeated Calgary’s Kevin Koe 9-4 in the Quarterfinals and then edged Shawn Meachem of Regina 4-2 in the semi’s.
It’s the sixth time in the last eight years that a Manitoba rink has won the Canad Inns Men’s Classic in Portage.
The Canad Inns Women’s Classic begins Thursday with Jennifer Jones of St. Vital and East St. Paul’s Kerri Einarson heading up a contingent of eight Manitoba rinks entered in the four day event.