The top four seeds have all won their opening games in the Playoff Round at the 2017 Viterra Championship in Stride Place at Portage.
Top seeded Reid Carruthers (West St. Paul) defeated Jason Gunnlaugson (Granite), scoring three with an angled raise takeout on the opening end and another three on the seventh in a 7-2 victory.
Second seed Mike McEwen (Fort Rouge) also opened with a three in beating Dennis Bohn (Assiniboine Memorial) 7-2 in six ends.
Third seed Matt Dunstone (Deer Lodge), with a deuce and a stolen single, led Trevor Loreth (Granite) 3-0 after three ends. Loreth fought back to lead 4-3 after eight ends but Dunstone scored a deuce on the ninth to lead 5-4 coming home. Dunstone stole another point coming home for a 6-4 win.
In the other game, fourth seed William Lyburn (Granite) was tied 3-3 coming home against David Bohn (Assiniboine Memorial). Lyburn had the hammer but didn’t need to throw it in scoring a single point and a 4-3 win.
Saturday morning at 9AM, McEwen will play Dunstone and Carruthers will play Lyburn with the winners advancing to the Championship Page Playoff.
At the same time, Dennis Bohn plays Loreth and David Bohn plays Gunnlaugson in Playoff Round elimination games.