The round-robin portion of the Canadian Senior Men's curling championships is over and Team Manitoba remains the only undefeated team at the event in Nova Scotia. After two more wins today, the team, consisting of consisting of skip Randy Neufeld from La Salle, Dean Moxham of Oakville (third), Peter Nicholls (second), and Dale Michie of Portage, (lead) is at 6-0 moving into the championship round.
The foursome played back-to-back games Wednesday and both matches were conceded without playing the final end. The afternoon started with a 6-4 victory over Northwest Territories, which was hi-lited by scoring 3 in the 6th end. Right after that game they played New Brunswick in a game that was never in doubt. After scoring 4 in the opening end, they built up a 6-1 lead after three ends and led 9-3 after five. The final score was 10-6.
The two wins are important as teams carry their record into the championship round. Eight of the fourteen teams have moved on, four from each pool. They will now play the four teams they have not met yet from the other pool and the combined records of the two rounds will decide the four teams that advance to the playoffs. Manitoba is 6-0 while Nova Scotia and Ontario are right behind at 5-1. Two wins in their next four would be enough to guarantee them a spot in the playoffs. They'll try to get one of those wins in their next game against Ontario at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and then they'll match up with Quebec (4-2) at 6:30 in the evening.
Terry Ursel of Neepawa represented the province and after finishing 1-5 in the pool games, she was eliminated from further play.