It took an extra end for Sweden’s Niklas Edin to defeat Scotland’s Bruce Mouat in the men’s quarterfinals this afternoon at the Civic Centre.
It was a back and forth affair throughout the matchup, but Edin was able to take it to the last rock with an empty house to draw in for the win. The game was back and forth throughout the matchup, and Mouat says that it felt like one of those games that was going to go either way, regardless of what happened on the ice.
“We had a chance for two in the last end, but we didn’t manage to set up that end,” he said. “We were struggling with a lack of guards, so we really couldn’t find any hiding spots.”
Through and through, the tournament can be looked at as a success for Mouat. The group played strong throughout the tournament, but just couldn’t keep it going through the quarters.
Mouat applauded the crowd that packed in the Civic Centre, and he says he loves the way the tournament was put together and executed.
“The crowd here has been great, we’ve really enjoyed ourselves,” he said. “They’ve been really welcoming to us. They’ve always clapped for good shots, not the bad shots, so that’s nice. It’s been an enjoyable time and we look forward to coming back.”
Edin has a quick turnaround. He is taking on Toronto’s John Epping in the 7:00 p.m. draw. Epping outlasted Calgary-based team Kevin Koe 6-4, securing a chance to play in Sunday’s final.
In the rest of quarterfinal action, Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher cruised to a win on the strength of a four-point first end over Ontario’s Brad Jacobs 5-2. Brad Gushue defeated Glenn Howard 6-2 on the sheet opposite of Bottcher. Bottcher and Gushue will play one another in the other semi-final.
In the two women's semi-finals, American Nina Roth is up against the last-standing Canadian Rachel Homan, while Eve Muirhead is getting set to battle against Silvana Tirinzoni.
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