The two Manitoba Men’s teams competing in the Canadian Masters Championship at the Pembina Curling Club met in today’s opening game of the championship round. A re-match of last spring’s provincial final, this time Mark Franklin’s Manitoba host team was an extra end winner over the Manitoba champion team skipped by Murray Warren.

The 4-3 win came on a ninth end last shot hit by skip Mark Franklin. On the eighth end, Warren had tied the game with a last shot hack weight bump to remove a mostly buried Franklin stone in the four foot circle.

On the seventh, Warren had made a perfect freeze in the four foot facing three to force Franklin to a single and a 3-2 lead.

The win improves the Manitoba host (Franklin) record to 4W-3L while Warren in now 5W-2L.

Northern Ontario’s Al Hackner, with a win over Nova Scotia, remained undefeated (7W-0L). British Columbia and Ontario also both won to improve to 6W-1L and 5W-2L respectively. Saskatchewan is also at 5W-2L after losing to Ontario.

7-0 Northern Ontario’s
6-1 British Columbia
5-2 Manitoba
5-2 Saskatchewan
5-2 Ontario
4-3 Manitoba Host
3-4 New Brunswick
2-5 Nova Scotia

On the early draw Thursday, Manitoba’s Judy Colwell team defeated Alberta 7-4 to leave the two teams tied in fourth place with 4W-2L records. British Columbia and Ontario both won to stay perfect at 6W-0L and Nova Scotia won to improve to 5W-1L.

6-0 British Columbia
6-0 Ontario
5-1 Nova Scotia
4-2 Manitoba
4-2 Alberta
2-4 Saskatchewan
2-4 Manitoba Host
2-4 Quebec

NEXT DRAW: 4PM Thursday Women’s Championship Round
NEXT DRAW: 7:45PM Thursday Men’s Championship Round

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