Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick head to medal round in men’s curling

Halifax, NS – After the end of play in Pool B at the Mayflower Curling Club, tie-breakers were avoided with victories by both Manitoba and Ontario. 

It took Manitoba 7 ends to defeat British Columbia.  BC was leading Manitoba 4-2 after 5 ends with a couple of back to back steals.  Mantioba got their 1 in 6th and then capitalized on some missed shots by BC to steal 5 in the 7th.  The score 8-4 was too much for BC, they were run out of rocks in the 8th.  Manitoba secured top spot in Pool B.

Ontario got a 3 in the 3rd against Alberta.  Forced Alberta to a single in the 4th.  Alberta stole another point in the 5th.  Ontario go back on the board with a draw to the button in the 6th.  Manitoba was forces to 1 in the 7th.  One down coming home with out hammer, Alberta was able to steal a point and the game went into extra ends.  In the extra, the Ontario skip made two perfect take outs and won the game 5-4.  Ontario finishes in 2nd spot.

In the final game of the evening, Newfoundland Labrador scored three 3 enders, 1 in the 3rd, 1 in the 5th and the final in the 7th and last end.  The final score was 10-3 for Newfoundland.

Final Standing after Round Robin – Pool B

Manitoba 4-1

Ontario 4-1

Alberta 2-3

British Columbia 2-3

Newfoundland Labrador 2-3

Yukon 1-4

Cross-over Schedule – Friday, February 24, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Sheet A (9th & 10th) – Northwest Territories vs Newfoundland Labrador

Sheet B (5th & 6th) – Alberta vs Nova Scotia

Sheet C (7th & 8th) – Quebec vs British Columbia

Sheet D (11th & 12th) – Yukon vs Prince Edward Island

Semi-Final Schedule – Saturday, February 26th at 10:00 a.m.

Sheet A – Manitoba vs Saskatchewan

Sheet D – New Brunswick vs Ontario

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