|New Brunswick's James Gratten delivers a rock while sweepers Steven Howard and Peter Case wait during their 9:30am third round draw Sunday, March 6, 2011 at the John Labatt Centre in London. (MIKE HENSEN/QMI AGENCY)
LONDON, Ont. – It was, in Kevin Martin’s words, “a wild and woolly one,” but the Alberta skip managed to remain unbeaten at the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier Sunday morning, coming from behind to beat James Grattan of New Brunswick 8-6 in the third draw.
Martin, who improved to 2-0, fell behind 3-0 after two ends as Grattan stole two in the first and one in the second, but got that back with a deuce in the seventh and a steal of two in the eighth to go up 7-5.
Joining Martin at 2-0 was Francois Gagne of Quebec, who took three in the first and four in the eighth to beat Eddie MacKenzie of P.E.I. 10-3. Leading the pack is Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton, who moved to 3-0 with an 8-3 win over Shawn Adams of Nova Scotia. And in another seesaw game, Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario came from 6-4 down after four ends to beat Jamie Koe of the Territories 11-8 and even his record at 1-1.
Steve Laycock of Saskatchewan and Brad Gushue of Newfoundland/Labrador, who both had the morning off, are 1-0, Grattan and Koe are at 1-2, Ontario’s Glenn Howard and Jim Cotter of B.C. are 0-1, Adams is 0-2 and MacKenzie is 0-3.