Glenn Howard needed just six ends to crush his closest rival at the Dominion Tankard Ontario men's curling championship.   

His other matches were even shorter.   

Howard's Coldwater rink improved to 7-0 after an 11-1 rout of Brampton's Peter Corner in Wednesday's late draw, all but guaranteeing the defending six-time champion a spot in the playoffs.   

Howard took a 4-0 lead after three ends. Corner scored one in the fourth, but Howard stormed back with four in the fifth end then put the game away with a steal of three in the sixth.   

Both Howard and Corner came into Wednesday's action undefeated, but Corner suffered a pair of defeats and fell to 4-2.   

The win over Corner was Howard's third rout of the day. He opened Wednesday by scoring three in the first end and four in the fourth in a 7-1 rout of Woodstock's Wayne Tuck Jr.   

He followed that with a four-end 5-0 win over Arnprior's Chris Gardiner. Howard scored three in the first end, then added steals in the third and fourth ends to put a quick to the match.   

Corner opened with a 6-4 loss to Listowel's Daryl Shane, then scored one in the 10th end for a tight 6-5 win over Harriston's Jake Higgs before losing to Howard.   

Thornhill's Mike Anderson moved into a tie for second place with Corner, defeating Gardiner 7-6 in nine ends.   

Brampton's Dayna Deruelle, who got off to a rough start in the tournament, moved into a three-way tie for fourth with a 9-5 win over Tuck.   

Bryan Cochrane kept pace with Deruelle with his second win of the day, 9-1 over Mark Kean of Ajax in four ends.   

Deruelle, Cochrane and the idle Greg Balsdon are tied at 3-3.   

Higgs cruised to an 11-4 win over Shane in the late draw to improve to 3-4.   

Gardner and Shane are at 2-4, while Kean and Tuck are fading at 2-5.