Howard just good enough

MIKE KOREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

NAPANEE -- Without its best stuff, the Glenn Howard rink remains a force at the Ontario men's curling championship.

While the four-time reigning champion skip acknowledges his team hasn't been on top of its game early in the bonspiel, Howard still is finding a way to post key victories.

On Tuesday afternoon at the Strathcona Paper Centre, the former world champion edged Peter Corner 5-4 in a rematch of the past two provincials finals, improving Howard's mark to 3-0.

The Coldwater skip upped his bonspiel-best record to 4-0 Tuesday night with a 9-3 blowout of Kirk Ziola's London rink (1-3).

"Our team is generally is the type of team that plays well enough to win," Howard said.

"We definitely want to be better. We haven't been our stellar selves. But the good news is we haven't played our best and we're still (4-0). We've just got to keep plugging away."

In the Corner-Howard match, neither team managed to put up a deuce.

Corner came up short with his final draw in the 10th, leaving Howard with an easy takeout for one and the win.

"It wasn't very well curled," Howard said of the much-anticipated confrontation.

Bryan Cochrane of Ottawa Rideau, the champion in 2003, is second at 3-0 after having a bye Tuesday night. Those teams meet Wednesday night.


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