The last two provincial men's curling champions have now won five straight games at the 2017 Viterra Championship in Portage la Prairie.

Reigning champion Mike McEwen of Fort Rouge and 2015 champ Reid Carruthers of West St. Paul qualified for the Championship Round this morning.

McEwen, BJ Neufeld, Matt Wozniak and Denni Neufeld defeated Matt Dunstone of Deer Lodge 7-2 in seven ends in a rematch of last years final in Selkirk.

“It's important for us to be excited to play those guys and we are,” said McEwen. “I'm at the stage where I get excited to play the best teams so Saturday and Sunday of Manitoba provincials are my favourite days. Didn't use to be that way but age and wisdom. Some of the greats in our sport - Kevin Martin, Jeff Stoughton, all those guys got really excited to play the best. I was pumped to play the young guys today.”

Carruthers, Braeden Moskowy, Derek Samagalski and Colin Hodgson got three in the extra end and beat William Lyburn of the Granite 8-5.

“I think the guys were a little jittery in that one and it's good to feel that because we know we're probably going to feel that tonight when we're up against a great team like Mike's,” said Carruthers. “We earned ourselves a nice little rest. It will be nice to kick the feet up and come back even stronger tonight.”

McEwen and Carruthers will meet in the 1-2 game of the Championship Round with the winner advancing to the final on Sunday afternoon.

The loser will play in the semifinal tomorrow morning.

The final two spots will be determined this afternoon when Dunstone faces Jason Gunnlaugson of the Granite and Lyburn meets Trevor Loreth of the Granite. 

Loreth and Gunnlaugson won Playoff Round “B” side games this morning.

Gunnlaugson downed David Bohn of Assiniboine Memorial 7-5 and Loreth beat Dennis Bohn of Assiniboine Memorial 6-4.

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SCOREBOARD

Friday March 24th

MJHL
Steinbach 5 Portage 4
(1st game in best of 7 semifinal)

MMJHL
Stonewall 6 Pembina Valley 3
(1st game in best of 7 semifinal)

THHL
Killarney 2 Carberry 0

Allan Cup Playdowns
Manitoba/Saskatchewan Series
SE Prairie Thunder 4 Rosetown 3
(1st game in best of 5 series)

WHL
Eastern Conference
Medicine Hat 7 Brandon 2
(1st game in best of 7 quarterfinal)

AHL
Milwaukee 3 Manitoba 1

NHL
Anaheim 3 Winnipeg 1
N.Y. Islanders 4 Pittsburgh 3 (SO)
Tampa Bay 2 Detroit 1 (OT)
Dallas 6 San Jose 1

NBA
Denver 125 Indiana 117
Cleveland 112 Charlotte 105
Washington 129 Brooklyn 108
Orlando 115 Detroit 87
Boston 130 Phoenix 120
Houston 117 New Orleans 107
Milwaukee 100 Altanta 97
Philadelphia 117 Chicago 107
L.A. Lakers 130 Minnesota 119 (OT)
Golden State 114 Sacramento 100

Saturday, March 25th

SEMHL
Portage at Notre Dame, 8 p.m.
(best of 7 final tied 2-2)

MJHL
OCN at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 semifinal)

KJHL
Juniors vs. Warriors 7:30 p.m.

WHL
Eastern Conference
Brandon at Medicine Hat, 8:30 p.m.
(Tigers lead best of 7 quarterfinal 1-0)

NHL
Vancouver at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Toronto at Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Calgary at St. Louis, 6 p.m.
Ottawa at Montreal, 6 p.m.
Colorado at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Philadelphia at Columbus, 1 p.m.
Arizona at Washington, 6 p.m.
Boston at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Florida, 6 p.m.
Carolina at New Jersey, 6 p.m.
San Jose at Nashville, 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

NBA
Toronto at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Utah at Detroit, 2:30 p.m.
Washington at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m.
New York at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Portland, 9 p.m.

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