Two in a row for Carruthers
Carruthers' rink successfully defender its Canad Inns Men's Classic with a 6-1 win over Glenn Howard Monday night at the Portage Curling Club in Portage la Prairie. (Aaron Wilgosh/The Graphic)
There's just something about Portage la Prairie for curler Reid Carruthers.
A four-point fifth end helped seal a second straight Canad Inns Men's Curling Classic championship for the Winnipeg, Man., rink Monday night at the Portage Curling Club in Portage la Prairie, which also includes Braeden Moskowy, Derek Samagalski, and Colin Hodgson. They defeated veteran, and three-time champ, Glenn Howard 6-1 in six ends to defend their crown.
“It was a real close game other than the fifth end,” says skip Carruthers. “We managed to steal one in the third to put us up 2-0 and had a couple really good ends after that. The angles just worked out for us in five because Howard missed his shot and it really paid off for us.”
Carruthers went undefeated through the entire tournament, earning a spot in the playoff round in the A qualifier Saturday evening. He was first on the board in the championship after they blanked the first end. The Winnipeg, Man., native managed to string two points together in back-to-back ends to hold a 2-0 lead into the fourth. Howard settled for just one point in the frame as Carruthers did a great job protecting the house as to not give up any more. Things were blown open in the fifth when Carruthers scored four to take a 6-1 lead. Another blank in the sixth would prove be the end for team Howard.
“What an amazing field out here for this,” adds Carruthers, when asked about the competition. “For us, it's a huge honour. We had a bit of a slow start like we did last year but we came in and beat this incredible field. It's a huge stepping stone for the team.”
The Canad Inns' Women's Classic is up next. It gets going Friday at the Portage Curling Club in Portage la Prairie.