Skip Sinclair hits his stride

ROB BRODIE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

Neil Sinclair is starting to find his groove at the Canada Winter Games.

On a day that could have scuttled Ontario's men's curling medal hopes, the Manotick skip instead posted a pair of key triumphs at the Mt. McIntyre Recreational Centre to stay right in the thick of things in Whitehorse.

Ontario rolled past Manitoba 9-4 last night after outlasting Saskatchewan 7-6 in a tense afternoon game. Sinclair, third Graham Rathwell of Ottawa, second Andrew Hamilton of Kars and lead Matt Camm of Rockland improved to 3-1 after an opening 13-3 loss to P.E.I. on Monday.

With wins today over the Yukon and Nunavut, Sinclair's foursome would clinch a berth in Friday's semi-finals. The medal games are that night.

Meanwhile, Lisa Casselman and Ryan Behnia of the Nepean Skating Club are in great position to land Canada Winter Games gold in pre-novice ice dance today. Casselman and Behnia hold a 3.26-point lead over Quebec's Raphaelle Viau and Benjamin Arcieri heading into the free skate final.

Also yesterday:

- In cross-country skiing, Ottawa's John Rennie placed ninth in the men's 1,200-metre sprint. Alysia Garmulewicz was 17th in the women's event.

- Ottawa's Kelly Singer wound up 12th in women's super-G as the alpine skiing competition got under way.


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