Kerri Einarson and super spare husband Kyle Einarson had a strong start to the Winnipeg Open Mixed Doubles Super Series with two wins on the opening Thursday (Photo: Anil Mungal/GSOC).
By: Cameron Sallaj
With Brad Jacobs unable to attend the mixed doubles super series this weekend at the Fort Rouge Curling Club, partner Kerri Einarson called on husband Kyle Einarson to take his place. After the opening day, the pair are currently 2-0 in the standings with two round robin games remaining.
The Einarson duo began the event in Draw 1 where they took on Catherine and Chris Liscumb of Ilderton, Ontario. They opened the scoring with a steal of two in the first end, and then doubled their count with another deuce in the third, eventually leading 4-3 at the break.
The second half saw the Gimli, Manitoba based couple seize control with three spots in ends five and seven to bring the game to an early 10-4 concession.
Team Einarson was back on the ice for Draw 3 where they faced world number two ranked Daniela Rupp and Kevin Wunderlin of Zug, Switzerland. The match began as an early contest, with the score sitting at 1-1 after two ends of play.
Following a single point by the Einarsons in the third end, the Swiss pair was shutout for the rest of the game. Kerri and Kyle Einarson stole singles in the next four ends to lead 6-1 after seven, resulting in concession by Rupp and Wunderlin.
With a 2-0 record on day 1 in Winnipeg, the Einarson pair currently lead Pool B with only two round robin games left to be played. They will face Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant (1-0; Calgary, AB) Friday at 12:00 PM Eastern Time before closing out the preliminary stage Friday at 6:00 PM ET against Kim Ji-yoon and Jeong Byeong-jin (0-2; Seoul, KOR).
Other early frontrunners in Winnipeg include Jennifer Armstrong and Brayden Stewart (2-0; Regina, SK), Marie Kaldvee and Harri Lill (1-0; Tallinn, EST), Chiaki Matsumura and Yasumasa Tanida (1-0; Nagano/Hokkaido), Shannon Birchard and John Morris (1-0; Winnipeg/Canmore), Pia-Lisa Scholl and Klaudius Harsch (1-0; Oberstorf; GER), Jennifer Dodds and Bruce Mouat (1-0; Stirling, SCO), and Lisa Weagle and John Epping (1-0; Toronto, ON).
Round robin play continues Friday at the Fort Rouge Curling Club with five draws set to be played. The preliminary round will close out Saturday morning before the championship round begins later on in the day.
The Winnipeg Open Mixed Doubles Super Series event sees twenty-five teams split into five pools of five. Once the round robin stage is complete, the top ten teams will move on to the playoff round with the top six automatically advancing to the quarterfinals. The championship round will be played Sunday with the event final set for 4:00 PM Eastern Time.
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