(CHATHAM, ON) – After three days of battling brooms at the Princess Auto Elite 10 being played out at the St Clair Arena, the teams now ready themselves for the playoff showdown starting today at noon. The local stop on the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling has been a very well attended success packed with tons of curling action.
After four draws, Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers leads the pack with a perfect 4-0 record. He made his way to the top by narrowly defeating Brad Jacobs, Niklas Edin, and Kevin Koe +1, and a +3 win over Ross Paterson.
The win over Koe secured the top playoff seed for Carruthers and dropped the native Edmontonian to 3-1 and 3rd seed. Brad Gushue (3-1) picked up 2nd seed while Glenn Howard (3-1) sits fourth. Tiebreakers get underway this morning at 8:30 to determine the final playoff seeding. John Epping and Brad Jacobs round out the top 6 and will wait to see who they’ll face at noon in the quarter finals.
The men’s semi-finals go tonight at 8pm.
On the women’s side, Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg and Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones both sit atop the ladder with perfect 4-0 records. The nod goes to Hasselborg on points 12-11 after Jones needed extra ends to get past Tracy Fleury in the fourth draw.
Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland, Lethbridge’s Casey Scheidegger, Rachel Homan from Ottawa, and Laura Walker of Edmonton complete the top 6 for the women. Hasselborg and Jones have earned the quarter final bye.
Tirinzoni and Walker met in the final round robin draw with the Swiss team emerging with a +2 win. The winner will face Hasselborg in the semis. Jones waits for the winner from the rematch between Scheidegger and Homan. The Ottawa native squeaked by Scheidegger with a +1 victory in the third draw.
The women’s quarter finals also get going at noon today with the semis scheduled for 8pm.
Tomorrow, the first rock will be thrown in the women’s finals at noon and the men’s champion will be decided at 4pm.