McEwen edges Stoughton at Players' Championship
Skip Mike McEwen throws in draw 14 against Kevin Koe at the 2013 Roar Of The Rings championship in Winnipeg, Friday, December 6, 2013. (John Woods / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:59PM EDT
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. -- Mike McEwen edged Jeff Stoughton 5-4 in a battle of Winnipeg skips Thursday at the Players' Championship.
McEwen, who shot a blistering 95 per cent in the game, picked up a single in the eighth end for the victory in the early draw. McEwen and Brad Gushue of St. John's were tied in first place at 3-0 after seven draws.
Calgary's Kevin Koe was next at 2-0 and Sweden's Niklas Edin was 2-1.
Saskatoon's Steve Laycock beat Edmonton's Kevin Martin 7-3 in the other early game. Both rinks have 1-2 records.
In women's play, Scotland's Eve Muirhead defeated Ottawa's Rachel Homan 7-4 and Olympic champ Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg beat Val Sweeting of Edmonton 5-3.
Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson topped Sherry Middaugh of Coldwater, Ont., 5-3 in the other early game. Muirhead, Sigfridsson and Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni were all tied at 3-0.
Draw 8 action was scheduled for later Thursday.
Competition continues through Sunday at the final Grand Slam of Curling event of the season.