Howard picks up win over Schwaller at Players’ Championship
TORONTO — Are they Team Glenn Howard or Team Scott Howard?
With Glenn on the mend due to injury, his son Scott has moved up from third to skip the Penetanguishene, Ont., squad this week in the Princess Auto Players’ Championship. Wayne Middaugh, who was already at the event coaching Team Hasselborg on the women’s side, got the call off the bench to rejoin Team Howard to throw third stones.
Team Howard grabbed its first victory of the tournament defeating Switzerland’s Team Yannick Schwaller 7-4 during Draw 7 action Wednesday at Mattamy Athletic Centre.
That improved Team Howard’s record to 1-1 in the B Event of the triple knockout preliminary round while Team Schwaller (0-2) fell into the C Event and must win Thursday to avoid early elimination.
The triple knockout consists of three brackets: A, B and C. Teams must win three games in order to qualify for the playoffs. Each loss drops a team to a lower bracket until they lose three games and are out of the tournament. Two A teams (3-0 records), three B teams (3-1 records) and three C teams (3-2 records) advance to the quarterfinals.
Elsewhere, Team Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., also remained in the B bracket following a 10-3 victory over Saskatoon’s Team Colton Flasch (0-2). Trailing by one, Gushue (1-1) scored five in the fifth end and stole three in the sixth to get into the win column.
Italy’s Team Joel Retornaz (1-1) earned a 7-2 victory over Team Brad Jacobs (0-2) from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Scotland’s Team Ross Whyte (1-1) scored two in the seventh then stole a pair in the eighth to double up Team Marco Hoesli (0-2) of Switzerland 8-4.
The Princess Auto Players’ Championship continues with Draw 8 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.
NO TICK ZONE
Teams cannot tick guards off of the centre line while the five-rock, free guard zone is in effect. Following an infraction of the rule, the non-offending team may decide to leave the situation as is.
The Princess Auto Players’ Championship is the third event of the 2021-22 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season featuring 16 of the top men’s teams and 16 of the top women’s teams from around the world with a combined $350,000 prize purse. Winning teams earn $35,000. … The Pinty’s Cup will also be awarded to the season champions following the conclusion of the Princess Auto Players’ Championship. Winners of the Pinty’s Cup receive $50,000 bonuses.