Only the top seed has advanced undefeated to the Championship round of the Viterra Championship at the Eric Coy Arena in Charleswood. Top seed, and defending champion, Mike McEwen (West St Paul) will play #2 Jason Gunnlaugson (Morris) in the 6PM Saturday playoff game on the top side of the page-format championship draw.
The winner goes direct to the Sunday 2:30PM final game. The loser will have a second chance in the 8:30AM semi-final. Both games will be televised nationally on Sportsnet.
McEwen advanced with a morning 8-4 win today over Sean Grassie (Deer Lodge) while Gunnlaugson defeated Steve Irwin (Brandon) 8-5.
On the bottom side of the draw, William Lyburn (Granite) will play Grassie who bounced back from the morning loss to beat Ryan Wiebe (St Vital) 8-5. Lyburn won a pair today to advance – first 9-3 over Jacques Gauthier and then 8-7 over Irwin.
The winner of the Lyburn-Grassie match will advance to the Sunday semi-final while the loser will be eliminated.