Martin fortunate to top Fowler

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

At the BDO Canadian Open in Oshawa, Rob Fowler of Brandon, Man., had a chance to defeat Olympic champion Kevin Martin in round-robin play, but missed on a draw to the four-foot.

"Rob deserved to win," Martin said. "He just threw that last one a little too heavy."

Martin escaped with a 5-4 victory. Later in the day, Martin defeated Norway's Thomas Ulsrud 6-4 to improve his record to 2-1.

Martin ended that game with a flourish, making a triple- takeout to stave off an extra end.

"Right now we're a little rusty with the mechanics," Martin said on an online chat. "We've been playing (competitions) too much and not practicing enough, so next week before provincials we're going to work on the details."

Manitoba's Mike McEwen improved to 3-0 by defeating Wayne Middaugh 7-0 in five ends. McEwen scored four points with hammer in the fourth end, then stole three before handshakes were offered.

Round-robin play concludes Friday, with the top eight teams advancing to the quarterfinal round.

An Edmonton squad skipped by Don Walchuk scored a huge five-ender early in his match against Mark Bice of Sarnia, Ont., but never scored again.

Bice replied with two points in the third end and then stole a remarkable seven consecutive points over the next five ends to win the game 9-5, and tally his first career Capital One Grand Slam of Curling victory.

Walchuk capped his horror show with an emphatic 9-2 loss to Ontario's Glenn Howard in the night draw.

"It's nice to get a memorable win, we actually got some fan support, too," said Bice, who earned a silver medal for Ontario at the 2010 Canadian Mixed.

"They were getting a little flustered. I would be too, if I was blowing a 5-nothing lead."

Also flustered was Jim Cotter of Vernon, B.C., who held a 7-3 lead over Pat Simmons of Moose Jaw, Sask. before losing 8-7 in an extra end. Team Simmons stole two points in the eighth end and a single in the ninth for the victory.

The Saskatchewan foursome leads the field at 3-0 along with Howard, McEwen, and Edmonton's Kevin Koe.

Joining Fowler in the win-less column are former world champions Middaugh, Randy Ferbey of Edmonton/St. John's, Peter Corner of Brampton and Mark Kean of Ajax, Ont.


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