Reid Carruthers of West St. Paul and Jason Gunnlaugson of the Morris Curling Club will meet in the 1-2 page playoff game at the 2019 Viterra Manitoba Men’s Curling Championship in Virden.

Carruthers, Derek Samagalski, Colin Hodgson and Mike McEwen, who is skipping and throwing the last two rocks, defeated Corey Chambers of the Lorette Curling 7-0 Saturday morning.

Carruthers says collectively they’ve done a better job understanding the ice since losing 9-5 to Brandon’s Terry McNamee back on Thursday afternoon.

“The ice is good,” said the four-time Manitoba champion. “It’s moving lots and I think with the way it’s moving you have to throw the rock a certain way and I think we’ve now dialed in what that looks like. I feel we’re making a lot more shots.”

Gunnlaugson, Alex Forrest, Denni Neufeld and Connor Njegovan own the only unblemished record at Tundra Oil & Gas Place.

They reeled off their fifth straight win beating Braden Calvert of Assiniboine Memorial 8-5.

Gunnlaugson says the game plan won’t change a bit for their 1-2 page playoff game with Carruthers.

“We have to manage draw weight, position our rocks well, deal with the ice if it changes at all and just be ready to curl.”

Tanner Lott of Winnipeg Beach defeated Steen Sigurdson of Gimli 10-2 and William Lyburn of the Granite outscored David Bohn of Assiniboine Memorial 8-6 in the Playoff Round “B” side games.

Sigurdson and Bohn were eliminated.

Calvert will face Lott and Chambers will meet Lyburn at 2 p.m. with the winners moving on to the 3-4 page playoff game at 6 p.m.

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Sunday, February 17th

HTJHL
Quarterfinals
Lorette at Grunthal, 7 p.m.
(Comets lead best of 5 series 1-0)
St. Adolphe at Steinbach, 7 p.m.
(series tied 1-1)

MFMHL
Eastman at Wpg Ice, 6:30 p.m
(Ice lead best of 5 quarterfinal 2-0)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Kenora 2 Eastman 1
Southwest 8 Interlake 0
Brandon 8 Norman 2
Wpg Wild 10 Parkland 0
Wpg Bruins 4 Central Plains 2
Yellowhead 10 Pembina Valley 0

U17 Midget Prep Hockey League
Eastman 2 Wpg Sharks 2 (tie)

Hockey Manitoba
Senior AAA Championship
Ste. Anne vs Norway House
@ Sagkeeng, 7:30 p.m.
(Aces lead best of 3 semifinal 1-0)

AHL
Milwaukee 6 Manitoba 5

NHL
Pittsburgh 6 N.Y. Rangers 5
St. Louis 4 Minnesota 0
New Jersey 4 Buffalo 1
Philadelphia 3 Detroit 1
Montreal at Florida, 6 p.m.
Washington at Anaheim, 8 p.m.

Monday, February 18th

HTJHL
Quarterfinals
Springfield vs Mitchell
@ Oakbank, 7 p.m.
(Mohawks lead best of 5 series 2-1)

MJHL
Winkler at Steinbach, 2:30 p.m.
Neepawa at Selkirk, 4 p.m.
Virden at Portage, 4:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Wayway, 6 p.m.

Hockey Manitoba
Senior AAA Championship
Norway House at Ste. Anne, 6:30 p.m.
(game 3 if necessary)

WHL
Swift Current at Brandon, 2:30 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba vs Milwaukee
@ Wpg, 2 p.m.

NHL
Arizona at Calgary, 3 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Columbus, 6:30 p.m.
Ottawa at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.
Vegas at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Boston at San Jose, 9 p.m.
Washington at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

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