A Winnipeg rink will be guaranteed a title at the Grey Power World Cup of Curling in Windsor, Ont.
Mike McEwen and Jeff Stoughton, both from Winnipeg, each advanced Saturday to the final.
McEwen defeated Rob Fowler of Brandon, Man., 7-2 when Fowler conceded after the fifth end of the semifinal contest.
Prior to his win over Fowler, McEwen beat Thomas Ulsrud of Norway 7-6 in a tie-breaker before upsetting Olympic champion Kevin Martin of Edmonton 8-3 in the quarter-final.
“We haven’t had a day like this for a while,” said McEwen. “It’s been an amazing day, but we have been playing very well all week.”
“We finished the round robin 3-2, but we could just have easily been 5-0 heading into the playoffs.” he added. “But to beat Martin and Ulsrud on the same day is just incredible.”
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Stoughton, meanwhile, came from behind to defeat Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont., 6-4 by scoring three points with the hammer in the eighth end.
His win over Howard boosted Stoughton’s record to 7-0 heading into the final.
“That’s not the type of record you expect to have at an event like this until you achieve it,” he said.
Stoughton added beating Howard was a huge accomplishment on its own.
“It’s nice to beat Glenn. It’s been a while since we have been able to take him down,” said Stoughton. “We played solid for all eight ends, and there were only a couple of bad shots here and there.”
Earlier in the quarter-finals, world champion Kevin Koe of Edmonton lost 5-3 to Fowler, Stoughton beat Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., 5-4, and Howard advanced with a 6-5 win over Sweden’s Niklas Edin.
Stoughton’s team was in need of a spare player for the final after third Jon Mead was scheduled to take a business trip early Sunday morning.
“It sucks, I got to go to Hong Kong in the morning, but that’s the deal,” said Mead, who works for sport clothier Mondetta.
“We’re people with real lives and real jobs, as much fun as this is and great this is, those guys pay my salary and give me my living.
“I guess we’ll figure out now if there’s somebody here, or somebody from Toronto, who can come up and play.”