KINGSTON, ONT. - It will be an all-Manitoba final in Sunday's $100,000 BDO Canadian Open Grand Slam curling championship at the K-Rock Centre.
Winnipeg's Mike McEwen rolled up his seventh straight win, taking out Niklas Edin of Sweden 8-2 in six ends to move into the final.
McEwen, the World Curling Tour money leader, will be gunning for his third Grand Slam win in the last two years. He will have to face his provincial nemesis, Jeff Stoughton, the reigning Brier/world champion.
Stoughton survived a high-scoring semifinal, winning 8-6 over Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont. in a rematch of last year’s Brier final.
Despite scoring four in the first end, Stoughton needed a last-rock double to finish off the victory.
Another good crowd of 2,000 took in the semifinals and pushed attendance to over 12,000.
McEwen and Stoughton are very familiar opponents. Stoughton has beat McEwen in the past two Manitoba finals.
Stoughton beat 2010 Olympic champ Kevin Martin of Edmonton 5-2 in Canadian Open quarterfinal play.
McEwen survived a tough quarterfinal, beating Jean-Michel Minard of Gatineau, Que. 6-5 with a draw for one in the eighth. A measurement confirmed that McEwen's shot was good for the winning point.