Victoria Skip Dean Joanisse delivers a rock with teammates Jay Wakefield (left) and John Cullen at the ready during the World Curling Tour’s Ashley Home Store Curling Classic at the Penticton Curling Club.

Curling Classic drawing to a close

Curlers preparing for final rounds of world curling tour stop

Story by Matthew Abrey

Special to the Western News

Round-robin play drew to a close Sunday afternoon at the Ashley Home Store Curling Classic, with six of eight teams confirmed for the quarterfinals.

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The Niklas Edin rink of Sweden, ranked No. 2 in the world, finished at the top of Pool A, with a 5-0 win-loss record through round-robin play.

Mike McEwen’s Manitoba rink and Peter De Cruz’s Swiss rink also both finished with perfect 5-0 records on the weekend, winning Pool D and Pool C, respectively.

Kevin Koe’s Alberta rink finished second in Pool C with a 4-1 record, along with Scottish skip Tom Brewster at 4-1 in Pool D, and Patric Maberg’s Sweden rink atop Pool B, also at 4-1.

These top six teams have an automatic berth in the quarterfinals tonight, but there are six remaining teams with 3-2 records playing in a series of tie-breaker games to decide the final two quarterfinal entries.

Penticton curler Matt Tolley’s rink ended up with a 2-3 record in Pool C, narrowly missing out on a playoff berth. Tolley is second on Victoria-based skip Chris Baier’s rink.

The semi-final matches start Monday morning at 8:45 a.m., followed by the finals at 11:45 a.m.

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