PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE – It’s the final that most expected would happen, and one that will decide who represents Manitoba in next month’s Brier in Newfoundland.
Mike McEwen advanced to the final thanks to an 8-2 win over Trevor Loreth in this morning’s semifinal. McEwen needed to play in the final because he lost in yesterday’s page playoff to Reid Carruthers.
Carruthers is the top seed in the tournament and the 2015 champ while McEwen finally broke through, claiming the Brier berth last year. The battle between two of the top teams in the country starts at 3 p.m.
Prior to the start of the championship round the all-star team was announced. Carruthers was chosen as the all-star skip for the second time in his career, also winning in 2009. Team Carruthers’ Braeden Moskowy is a first time all-star at third. Team McEwen’s Matt Wozniak was named the all-star second for the fifth time, while his teammate Denni Neufeld grabbed the all-star honours at lead for the fifth time as well.
Meanwhile fellow curlers chose Gunnlaugson as the winner of the 2017 Pat Spiring Award. The honour is given to a player for his on-ice ability, love of the game and his respect for the traditions and spirit of the sport of curling.