Scotland's Eve Muirhead is 2-0 at the Humpty's Champions Cup at WinSport Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
By Price Atkinson
CALGARY - Saturday at The Masters golf tournament is dubbed "Moving Day" and that's what today is at the Humpty's Champions Cup. Time to make your move.
The middle day of round-robin play is underway at WinSport Arena. And while most teams have played a pair of games, the majority of teams will only have one left by tomorrow which makes Thursday so important in setting up a playoff run.
One of the 2-0 teams turning heads so far is Team USA's Jamie Sinclair. Winning the prestigious Players' Championship in their last Grand Slam outing, the Minnesota-based rink defeated the Olympic gold medalists Team Hasselborg 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Yesterday afternoon in an extra end, Sinclair showed what a stone-cold assassin she's been lately with a clutch draw just inside Rachel Homan's stone, right on the button for a 5-4 win.
Sinclair is on the ice this morning against Kristen MacDiarmid's 0-1 rink.
Another team on the women's side that's been impressive is Eve Muirhead, posting a pair of lopsided, 8-2 wins against Alberta's Janais DeJong and Japan's Team Fujisawa. The Scots two toughest games are yet to come, later today against Switzerland's Alina Paetz and tomorrow afternoon against Chelsea Carey.
In Pool A, Kerri Einarson leads the way with wins over Val Sweeting and Kaitlyn Jones. Like Muirhead, Einarson's stiffest round-robin games remain against Silvana Tirinzoni tonight and tomorrow against 2018 World Champion Jennifer Jones.
On the men's side, Bruce Mouat and Jason Gunnlaugson are both 2-0 and lead the way in Pool A and C, respectively.
Fresh off winning the bronze medal at the recent World Championship in Las Vegas, Mouat scored a pair of wins yesterday against Brendan Bottcher and Colton Flash. A rematch against Sweden's Niklas Edin, who they pushed to the limit in Vegas, awaits this evening at 6 p.m. (EST).
Gunnlaughson jumped ahead of Kevin Koe after two ends in the opening draw of the event Tuesday and never looked back en route to a 6-3 win over the 2018 Canadian Olympic team.
Yesterday afternoon leading 4-3 after six ends, Gunnlaugson slammed the door on Kurt Balderston with four in the seventh end. After the 8-3 win yesterday, Gunnlaugson has an evening tilt tonight against Mike McEwen before closing out the round robin tomorrow afternoon against Glenn Howard tomorrow.
The playoffs begin Saturday with the women's quarterfinals at 2 p.m. (EST) followed by the men's quarterfinals at 6 p.m. (EST). The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday night at 10 p.m. (EST).