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Howard, Stoughton open Canadian Open with wins

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The Canadian Press
12/13/2012 1:41:39 AM
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KELOWNA, B.C. -- Glenn Howard and Jeff Stoughton opened the Canadian Open of Curling with convincing victories Wednesday.

Howard's rink from Coldwater, Ont., defeated a team skipped by Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., by a count of 6-2 in just six ends, while Stoughton led his foursome over a fellow Winnipeg outfit led by William Lyburn 7-2 in seven ends.

Leading 2-1, Howard scored three in the third to stretch his advantage to four points. Jacobs responded with one in the fifth, but Howard added a single in the sixth.

Stoughton, meanwhile, blew open a tight 2-1 game in the fifth end by scoring four. Lyburn got one back in the sixth, but Stoughton restored the five-point lead with one in the seventh.

The round-robin tournament is the second men's Grand Slam event on the World Curling Tour and has a purse of $100,000.

In other scores, Jim Cotter of Kelowna, B.C., sent the hometown fans happy with a 6-5 victory in extra ends over Calgary's Kevin Koe.

With Cotter up 3-2 after five ends, Koe grabbed a 4-3 lead in sixth. Cotter retook the lead with two of his own in the seventh, but Koe tied the score 5-5 in the eighth to force the extra end.

Elsewhere, John Morris, who is skipping Kevin Martin's Edmonton rink, easily handled Switzerland's Peter de Cruz 9-1 in six ends, while Brad Gushue of St. John's, N.L., scored a 7-4 victory over Toronto's John Epping.

Howard and Stoughton sit atop Pool A, while Cotter and Gushue lead Pool B. Martin's rink is alone in first in Pool C.

Glenn Howard (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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