Jones rink and Glenn Howard advance to finals at Canada Cup

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Pat Simmons watches his stone, while Nolan Thiessen, left, and Carter Rycroft sweep at the Capital One Canada Cup of Curling at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw.

Glenn Howard won his fifth straight game at the Capital One Canada Cup of Curling to advance to Sunday’s final.

Howard beat Mike McEwen 9-6 to advance to face Jeff Stoughton in the men’s final (2:30 p.m., Mosaic Place).

On the women’s side, the Jennifer Jones rink carried on their winning tradition despite the absence of their skip.

The Jones rink advanced to the women’s final at the Canada Cup with a 9-5 win over Heather Nedohin in the women’s semifinal Saturday afternoon.

The Jones rink — being skipped by regular third Kaitlyn Lawes — scored three in the fifth end to grab a 4-3 lead at the break and take control. Nedohin trailed 7-5 with the hammer coming home, but couldn’t force an extra end.

The Jones rink will now meet Saskatoon’s Stefanie Lawton rink in the women’s final (9:30 a.m., Mosaic Place) Sunday.

In the men’s semifinal, Howard scored three points in the first end and scored three more in the fourth end to take a 6-1 lead and effectively put the game to bed.

McEwen had beaten the Kevin Koe rink Saturday morning in a tiebreaker to earn the semi berth.

Koe, along with Moose Jaw third Pat Simmons, lost 9-7 to McEwen.

“It’s disappointing. We certainly would have liked to have played a little better,” said Simmons.

The McEwen team made shots all game to keep Koe under pressure — third B.J. Neufeld curled 96 per cent — and Koe managed to make key shots to keep the game close, but were under pressure in most ends.

“We would have had to play really well, obviously, to beat them the way they were playing,” said Simmons. “You don’t mind losing as much if you play well and they still beat you, but you hate to come up short in your own performance.”

McEwen scored three in the eighth end to take an 8-5 lead. Koe picked up a deuce in nine, but McEwen made a tricky draw with his final shot in the 10th end to earn the win.

 

Organizations: Capital One

Geographic location: Canada, Moose Jaw, Winnipeg

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