Carruthers' rink wins Men's Classic
Carruthers' rink captured the 2016 Canad Inns Men's Classic. Lead Colin Hodgson, left, along with Derek Samagalski Braeden Moskowy and skip Reid Carruthers following their 6-5 win over Thomas' rink. (BRIAN OLIVER/THE GRAPHIC/POSTMEDIA)
It wasn't a long trip for Winnipeg native Reid Carruthers to capture the latest leg of the World Curling Tour.
Carruthers' rink, made up of Carruthers as skip, Braeden Moskowy as third, Derek Samagalski second and Colin Hodgson lead, defeated Charley Thomas' rink 6-5 in eight ends this evening at the Portage Curling Club to win the Canad Inns Men's Classic.
“What a battle, we played some amazing teams along the way and managed to win. Going through the C (Event Draw) built some character and some grit for us,” said Carruthers. “Coming into our first game in the quarter finals here against Team Koe, we were going to have to curl 95 (per cent) to beat him and we managed to do that.”
Tied 2-2 through three ends, Carruthers' rink scored two in the fourth and took two more in the sixth and held off a late push from Thomas' rink to hold on for a 6-5 victory.
“It was a battle for both of us. I think were running on pretty similar energy levels. We got one break just to get (two points in the forth end) then made a good shot in the sixth end,” said the Winnipeg native. “It was just one of those games that really was a coin flip but it flipped the right way this time.”
Carruthers' rink avoided losing for a third time in the C Event Draw Sunday defeating Brendan Bottcher's Edmonton rink 8-3 in five ends to take one of the four qualifying spots for Monday's playoff.
Carruthers beat Calgary's Kevin Koe 9-4 in the quarter finals before downing Regina's Shaun Meachem 4-2 in the semis to advance to Monday evening's final.
“Every game was a tough game. I don't think you won too many games by more than one or two points,” he added.
The Manitoban rink were awarded $18,000 for their efforts over the weekend and will be back in Portage for the 2017 Viterra Provincial Championships at the PCU Centre.