Regina's Team Matt Dunstone started their pandemic delayed season off on the right foot with a victory at the Saskatchewan Men's Super Series.
In the final against Team Rylan Kleiter of Saskatoon, Dunstone put up three spots in the fourth and fifth ends en route to commanding 8-2 victory.
Team Dunstone, who finished third at last year's Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston, Ont., helped put the five-team event together to give elite-level curlers in the prairie province a chance to play.
Dunstone, third Braeden Moskowy, new second Kirk Muyres and lead Dustin Kidby went 3-1 in the round robin, including a 6-5 win over Team Colton Flasch. Flasch is skipping his own foursome this season after playing a couple seasons with Team Kevin Koe in Alberta.
Further West in Banff, Alta., Calgary's Team Jeremy Harty stormed back from an early 4-0 deficit to stun Team Koe in the ATB Banff Classic final.
Koe scored two with hammer in the first end before stealing another pair in the second. Harty, third Kyler Kleibrink, second Joshua Kiist and lead Kurtis Goller then scored in four consecutive ends, including a steal of two in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. After a blank in the seventh, Harty stole another deuce in the final end to seal the 8-4 win.
Harty posted a total record of 7-1 with the only loss coming in the round robin against Koe.
Team Koe, who were playing in their second event with new second John Morris, defeated Team Brendan Bottcher, 8-3, in the semifinals. Last weekend at the McKee Homes Fall Curling Classic, Koe and company fell to Team Aaron Sluchinski in the quarterfinal round.
Schwaller wins in Switzerland
Team Yannick Schwaller won the Curling Masters Champery in their native Switzerland on Sunday.
Schwaller, third Michael Brunner, second Romano Meier and lead Marcel Käufeler went 5-1 over the four-day event, including wins over Jaap van Dorp of the Netherlands in the quarterfinal, 8-0, Joel Retornaz of Italy in the semifinals, 7-6, and Bjorn Jungen, also from Switzerland, in the championship game, 7-2.
Other notable names included Sweden's Niklas Edin and Switzerland's Peter De Cruz, who lost in the quarters and semis, respectively.
Beating the champs
At the MCT Cargill Curling Training Centre Fall Classic in Morris, Man., Ryan Wiebe and his Winnipeg rink scored three in the last end of the final to defeat defending Canadian and world junior champion Jacques Gauthier, 5-4.
On the women's side of the draw, Darcy Robertson also got the better of a defending Canadian and world junior champion by edging Mackenzie Zacharias in the final, 7-6. With hammer, Team Robertson scored two in the last end to win the bonspiel.