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Skip Mike McEwen, studies his line after delivering his stone in this file photo. (Mike McEwen/Mike McEwen)
Skip Mike McEwen, studies his line after delivering his stone in this file photo. (Mike McEwen/Mike McEwen)

Mike McEwen downs Brad Gushue at Players’ Championship curling event Add to ...

Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen scored two in the seventh end Thursday to edge Brad Gushue of St. John’s N.L., 6-4 in Draw 9 of the Players’ Championship curling event.

McEwen grabbed a 4-3 lead with one in the fourth before Gushue responded with a single of his own in the sixth.

McEwen (2-0) is alone in second behind Glenn Howard (3-0) of Coldwater, Ont., in the race for top spot in Pool C. The two rinks play on Friday night.

Gushue, meanwhile, dropped to 1-2.

In Pool B action Thursday, Jim Cotter (2-1) of Vernon, B.C., topped Joe Frans (1-2) of Bradford, Ont., 5-4, and Toronto’s John Epping (1-2) beat Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., rink Team Eazy Express (1-1), which is skipped by Brad Jacobs, 6-2.

Meanwhile in Pool A, Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton (1-1) got past Sweden’s Niklas Edin (1-2) 6-4, and Edmonton’s Kevin Martin (2-1) beat Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock (1-2) by the same scoreline.

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