An even dozen teams have been eliminated from the 2022 Viterra Championship in Selkirk, leaving 16 teams still in the chase for the Manitoba Men’s Curling Championship.
The first four qualifiers for the Playoff Round will be identified on the early morning draw Friday. The other 12 teams will play the 12:15PM and 4PM draws with four of them advancing as well.
There are still eight unbeaten teams, including all four of the top four seeds. They’ll meet in the Friday 8:30AM draw where the match-ups are:
#1 seed Mike McEwen (West St. Paul) vs Jacques Gauthier (Assiniboine Memorial)
#2 seed Jason Gunnlaugson (Morris) vs Ryan Wiebe (Fort Rouge)
#3 seed Colton Lott (Winnipeg Beach) vs Riley Smith (Assiniboine Memorial)
#4 Braden Calvert (Assiniboine Memorial) vs Jordon McDonald (Deer Lodge
Two of the most dramatic games of the day involved William Lyburn and his Granite team. On the 12:15 draw, Riley Smith needed to win measures on the tenth end, for two to tie, and again on the eleventh, for a steal of one and a 7-6 victory over Lyburn. On the late draw, trailing 6-0 after three ends, Lyburn bounced back to tie Dean North (Carman) 7-7 coming home and stayed alive with a steal of two for a 9-7 win.
Following are the Thursday results in the 2022 Viterra Championship.
“A” Side (Winners advancing to the Friday morning qualifying game)
12:15PM: Jacques Gauthier (Assiniboine Memorial) 7-3 over Sean Grassie (Deer Lodge)
12:15PM: Jordon McDonald (Deer Lodge) 11-6 over Corey Chambers (Fort Garry)
12:15PM: Riley Smith (Assiniboine Memorial) 7-6 over William Lyburn (Granite)
12:15PM: Ryan Wiebe (Fort Rouge) 5-4 over JT Ryan (Assiniboine Memorial)
8:30AM: Mike McEwen (West St. Paul) 7-2 over Richard Muntain (Granite)
“B” Side (Winners play on – Losers eliminated)
8:15PM: Sean Grassie (Deer Lodge) 8-2 over Sam Antila (Burntwood
8:15PM: Corey Chambers (Fort Garry) 9-3 over Jeff Stewart (Gladstone)
8:15PM: William Lyburn (Granite) 9-7 over Dean North (Carman)
8:15PM: JT Ryan (Assiniboine Memorial) 8-1 over Randy Neufeld (LaSalle)
4:00PM: Jack Hykaway (Pembina) 7-4 over Grant Shewfelt (Baldur)
4:00PM: Daniel Birchard (Pembina) 10-9 over Ryan Thomson (Morden)
4:00PM: Brett Walter (Assiniboine Memorial) 8-1 over Graham Freeman (Virden)
4:00PM: Justin Richter (Beausejour) 11-2 over Richard Muntain (Granite)
8:30AM: Ryan Thomson (Morden) 9-2 over Kelly Marnoch (Carberry)
8:30AM: Graham Freeman (Virden) 11-4 over Graham Freeman (Virden)
8:30AM: Justin Richter (Beausejour) 9-6 over Kyle McCannell (Pilot Mound)