Four of Canada’s top Olympic curling hopefuls were undefeated on Friday at the AMJ Campbell Shorty Classic in Brockville, Ont.
Glenn Howard and Kevin Martin both finished the day 2-0, bringing their records to 3-0 at their debut tournament on the World Curling Tour this season.
Howard posted a 5-3 win over Jason Gunnlaughson of Manitoba and a 7-2 win over Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, On. Martin’s Edmonton rink curled to a pair of 7-1 victories.
Olympic champion Brad Gushue of Newfoundland opened the day with a dominant 9-0 win over two ends and then added a 7-2 victory in five ends to give his rink a 2-1 record.
Team Gushue won the World Curling Tour opener last weekend in Switzerland. They have yet to earn a berth to the Olympic qualifier for Vancouver 2010, the Roar of the Rings, slated for Dec. 6-13 in Edmonton.
Kevin Koe of Edmonton, who has already qualified for the Roar of the Rings along with Howard, Martin and Randy Ferbey, posted 8-3 and 7-3 victories on Friday.
Ferbey, who placed third at least weekend’s Baden Masters in Switzerland, is 2-0 at the September Shoot-Out in Edmonton.
He led his Edmonton rink to a commanding 7-1 victory on Friday over Aaron Sluchinski of Airdrie, Alta.
On the women’s side, fellow Edmonton skip Cheryl Bernard remains undefeated after the first two days of competition, posting a 6-5 win over Diane Foster of Lethbridge, Alta.