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Saskatchewan’s McEwen improves to 3-0 at Brier with win over Alberta’s Koe

Saskatchewan’s Mike McEwen won a third straight game to start the Canadian men’s curling championship with a 6-5 win over Alberta’s Kevin Koe on Sunday in Regina.

Defending champion Brad Gushue and Jamie Koe of Northwest Territories both improved to 2-1 and Alberta’s Aaron Sluchinski to 2-0 with Pool B victories.

Gushue beat Quebec’s Julien Tremblay 9-7, Jamie Koe defeated Nova Scotia’s Matthew Manuel 8-7 in an extra end and Sluchinski fought back from an early deficit to down Nunavut’s Shane Latimer 12-10.

Kevin Koe and Tremblay both dropped to 1-2, Nunavut to 0-2 and Manuel to 0-3.

After Sunday morning’s Pool A games, Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher, Manitoba’s Reid Carruthers and Northern Ontario’s Trevor Bonot were tied at 2-0.

A male curling skip delivers a stone with his right hand.
Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher, shown delivering a stone while playing on Saturday, picked up his second win of the Brier on Sunday in Regina. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Carruthers needed a measurement of stones in an extra end to get the 7-6 win over Ontario’s Scott Howard (1-1).

Manitoba’s Matt Dunstone rebounded from an opening-day loss with an 8-5 defeat of B.C.’s Catlin Schneider (0-2).

Bonot edged Newfoundland and Labrador’s Andrew Symonds 7-6 and Bottcher defeated Yukon’s Thomas Scoffin 8-3.

Symonds fell to 0-2 and Scoffin was 0-1.

The Montana’s Brier winner March 10 represents Canada at the world championship March 30 to April 7 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and returns to the 2025 Brier in Kelowna, B.C., as defending champion.

The victor also earns a berth in next year’s Olympic trials pending a top-six result at the world championship.

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