Bice now on opposite side of house

DOUG GRAHAM, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

NAPANEE -- Steve Bice has seen Glenn Howard from both sides of the the curling house.

Three years ago, Bice got to go along for quite a ride as an alternate with the Howard rink, which won the Brier and the world championship.

Since that victorious year, Bice has been Howard's fifth man in two more Briers and December's Roar of the Rings Olympic trials, when Howard lost in the final to Kevin Martin.

Now at the 2010 Tankard, Bice is playing second for his brother Mark, hoping to be the rink to end Howard's four year reign as Ontario men's champion. Although the rink plays out of Tara, the Bice brothers are from Sarnia.

"You learn a lot from those guys hanging around with them. You can't help but learn," Bice said before squaring off with Howard on Monday night in the second draw.

The Bice rink, which lost a tough 8-7 decision on last shot to Joe Frans in the first draw, gave Howard everything he could handle but lost 9-6.

Howard, Peter Corner and Bryan Cochrane lead the way at 2-0 after the opening day.


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