Third seed Fowler out
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
BEAUSEJOUR — Third seed Rob Fowler has been eliminated from the Manitoba men's curling championship.
Fowler, who plays out of Brandon, dropped an 8-6 decision to Fort Garry's Vic Peters in a playoff elimination game on Saturday afternoon at Sun Gro Centre.
Fowler attempted a long raise double takeout with his last rock in the 10th end, but he was inside the entire way and his third, Allan Lyburn, started shaking hands before the rock even got to the house.
Peters, the fifth seed, will meet top seed Mike McEwen of Assiniboine-Memorial in Saturday night's 3-4 Page playoff game. McEwen, who lost to Brandon's Terry McNamee on Saturday morning, eliminated La Salle's Randy Neufeld on Saturday afternoon with a 7-2 victory.
Charleswood's Jeff Stoughton battles McNamee in the 1-2 Page playoff game. The winner of that contest will advance to Sunday afternoon's final, while the loser will meet the victor of McEwen-Peters in Sunday morning's semifinal.
McNamee scored five in the eighth end to break a 4-4 tie and take a 9-4 lead over McEwen, who decided that was enough and the teams shook hands.
Stoughton advanced to the Page 1-1 game on Saturday night against McNamee thanks to a 7-5 win over Fowler, his former second, on Saturday morning.
Peters knocked out the Granite's Bob Sigurdson on Saturday morning with a 9-4 triumph, while Neufeld eliminated Rosser's Andy Stewart thanks to a 7-4 victory.