Man­i­toba rink slides into spot in fi­nal four

Winnipeg Free Press - - SPORTS - JA­SON BELL

THE mojo of home-ice ad­van­tage has pro­pelled Man­i­toba into the play­offs at the Cana­dian mixed curl­ing cham­pi­onship.

The four­some, skipped by Colin Kurz, regis­tered a pair of im­pres­sive vic­to­ries Fri­day to make the “fi­nal four” of the cham­pi­onship at Win­nipeg’s Fort Rouge Club.

Man­i­toba up­ended On­tario 7-5 in the morn­ing and then beat Nova Sco­tia 8-7 in an ex­tra end in the evening to fin­ish with a 7-3 record this week.

Kurz’s squad scored a point in the eighth end to even the con­test and then stole the de­ci­sive point in the ex­tra end.

Both On­tario and Nova Sco­tia had su­pe­rior records — but that clearly didn’t frighten Kurz and his Assini­boine Me­mo­rial team of third Me­gan Wal­ter, sec­ond Bren­dan Bi­lawka and lead Sara Oliver.

Man­i­toba won six of its last seven games.

The must-wins con­tinue for the lo­cal favourites.

Man­i­toba and On­tario (7-3) col­lide to­day at 10 a.m. in one of two semi­fi­nals. First-place Que­bec (8-2) plays Nova Sco­tia (7-3) in the other semi­fi­nal.

The na­tional cham­pi­onship game is set for 2:30 p.m. at Fort Rouge.

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