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Saskatchewan's Silvernagle locks up playoff berth at Canadian Open

Robyn Silvernagle's hometown rink has secured a playoff spot at the Canadian Open in North Battleford, Sask.

Others to advance Friday are Edmonton's Laura Walker and American Nina Roth

Rachel Homan's rink will play in one of Saturday's quarter-finals at the Canadian Open in North Battleford, Sask. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

Robyn Silvernagle's hometown rink has secured a playoff spot at the Canadian Open in North Battleford, Sask.

The team from North Battleford, Sask., knocked off Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni 8-4 in a B event game at the third major of the Grand Slam season on Friday.

Others to advance from the B event Friday were Edmonton's Laura Walker and American Nina Roth.

Walker beat Satsuki Fujisawa of Japan 8-6, while Roth edged Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alta., 5-4.

Scotland's Eve Muirhead and Ottawa's Rachel Homan already had qualified for the playoffs in the A event. Three more qualifiers were to come out of the C event on Friday night.

In men's play, Matt Dunstone's Regina rink stayed alive in C event play with a 10-2 win over Winnipeg's Jason Gunnlaugson.

Winnipeg's Braden Calvert eliminated Scott McDonald's Kingston, Ont., rink with an 8-5 victory in C action.

Scotland's Bruce Mouat and Edmonton's Brendan Bottcher are through to the playoffs after surviving the A event.

The Canadian Open uses a triple knockout format.

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