Glenn Howard and his rink from Penetanguishene, Ont., built some confidence this weekend as they prepare for the Canada Cup later this month in Leduc, Alta.
Howard, third Scott Howard (Glenn's son), second David Mathers and lead Tim March defended their title at the Stu Sells 1824 Halifax Classic by posting a 6-1 record over the four-day event.
Team Howard lost their opening round robin game, but then reeled off six straight, including a 6-5 victory over Scotland's Bruce Mouat in the semifinal and a 5-4 win over Nova Scotia's Jamie Murphy in the championship tilt.
Last year, Scott Howard skipped this squad to a win - beating Brad Gushue in the final - as Glenn was away coaching Team Eve Muirhead at the European Curling Championships.
Now the 57-year-old skip sets his sights for the Canada Cup where a surprise win will qualify his rink for the 2021 Roar of the Rings Olympics trials.
You can watch all the Canada Cup action starting on Nov. 27 at 11am ET/8am PT.
At the Red Deer Classic, Edmonton's Team James Pahl scored two in the 8th end to defeat Surrrey's Team Tyler Tardi, 6-5, in the championship game while Team Jamie Sinclair of the United States won the women's draw after downing Kelowna's Team Brette Richards in the final, 8-6. Sinclair stole two in the last end for the victory.
In mixed doubles action, married couple Brent Laing and Jennifer Jones captured the 2019 Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Classic.