OAKVILLE, Ont. — Reid Carruthers needed a win over former student Matt Dunstone in order to avoid early elimination in the WFG Masters.
After losing his first two games, Carruthers got on the board with a 7-2 victory over Dunstone during Draw 11 Thursday at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.
Both Winnipeg clubs now hold 1-2 records with one round-robin game remaining for each.
Carruthers led by one point and closed out the game early with a four-ender in the sixth end.
The two skips are longtime friends with Carruthers serving as Dunstone’s instructor in curling camps long ago.
Meanwhile, Switzerland’s Team Yannick Schwaller and Norway’s Team Magnus Ramsfjell both qualified for the playoffs at 3-0.
Schwaller stopped Team Korey Dropkin of the United States 8-3 and Ramsfjell scored four in the fourth during a 6-2 win over Toronto’s Team John Epping.
Dropkin has been eliminated at 0-3 while Epping is still in it for now at 1-2.
Defending champions Team Bruce Mouat from Scotland improved to a 2-1 record with a 5-3 decision against Team Brad Gushue (1-2) of St. John’s, N.L.
The WFG Masters is the third event of the 2022-23 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. … Round-robin play runs through to Friday as teams play four games against opponents outside of their pools. … The top eight teams overall advance to Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinals. The semifinals are set for Saturday evening with both finals on tap for Sunday.