Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers Wins Dramatic Elite 10 Semi Against John Epping

Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers Wins Dramatic Elite 10 Semi Against John Epping

By The Canadian Press

Reid Carruthers
Reid Carruthers shoots a stone during the final men’s round-robin draw Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Princess Auto Elite 10 in Chatham-Kent, Ont. (ANIL MUNGAL PHOTO)

CHATHAM, Ont. – The new-look Reid Carruthers team is finding success in a hurry.

Carruthers, teaming up with longtime Winnipeg rival Mike McEwen, is off to the men’s final of the Elite 10 after beating John Epping of Toronto on Saturday night in semifinal action.

The game went to a shootout and McEwen delivered the winning shot.

Carruthers will face Brad Gushue of St. John’s in the men’s final on Sunday. Gushue beat Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., in the other semi.

The women’s final will be an all-European contest between Anna Hasselborg of Sweden and Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland.

Rachel Homan
Canada’s skip Rachel Homan reacts during a women’s curling match against China at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Ottawa’s Homan advanced to the semifinals of the Elite 10 by defeating Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alta., in Saturday’s early draw at the Grand Slam of Curling event. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Hasselborg downed Ottawa’s Rachel Homan, while Tirinzoni knocked off Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones in the semifinals.

Originally a men’s invitational, the Grand Slam series added a women’s division to the Elite 10 this season.

The tournament uses a unique format.

Points are scored in match play by either counting two or more rocks (with the hammer) or stealing at least one rock (without the hammer).

Teams earn three points for a regulation win, two points for a shootout win and one point for a shootout loss. The top six teams overall, regardless of pools, qualified for the weekend playoffs.

The Elite 10 has three additional unique rules: Stopwatches are banned, tick shots cannot be performed on guards sitting on the centre line until the fifth rock of play and teams have four minutes of thinking time per end.

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