Mike McEwen shocks Brad Gushue to reach Roar of the Rings final
Rachel Homan and Chelsea Carey will square off for women's title
Winnipeg's Mike McEwen posted a 6-4 win over Brad Gushue of St. John's, N.L in the men's Roar of the Rings semifinal.
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He will play Calgary's Kevin Koe in Sunday's final.
A tremendous hit and roll in the eighth left Gushue with an in-off attempt that gave McEwen a steal of two. McEwen's brilliant shotmaking continued in the ninth with a runback double that forced Gushue to a single.
"That's as good as I've ever seen him," Gushue said. "If he plays like that tomorrow, he wins for fun."
Up two with hammer coming home, McEwen eliminated the reigning national and world champion.
"I'm glad he picked this moment to bring out his best," said Team McEwen third B.J. Neufeld.
McEwen, Neufeld, second Matt Wozniak and lead Denni Neufeld shot 87 per cent overall to 83 per cent for the Gushue rink, which includes third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker.
Homan dethrones Olympic champ
Local favourite Rachel Homan defeated Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones 6-3 on Saturday afternoon to lock up a spot in the final of the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings. The Ottawa skip stole a single point in the seventh end and came through with a takeout in the 10th for the win to the delight of the crowd at Canadian Tire Centre.
Homan will next play Calgary's Chelsea Carey, who advanced straight to Sunday's championship by finishing first in round-robin play at 8-0.
After an opening blank, Jones delivered a nice freeze to force Homan to a single in the second end. Jones ticked a guard in the third end and Homan stole one for a 2-0 edge.
Jones missing out on Pyeongchang
Jones got on the board with a nose hit for a deuce in the fourth end. Homan answered in the fifth with a hit of her own for two and a 4-2 lead into the mid-game break.
A blank followed in the sixth end and Homan forced Jones to try to hit for a single. The Jones stone jammed and spun out to give Homan a steal of one.
Homan cleared the house in the eighth end and Jones threw her stone away for the blank. In the ninth, Homan came through with a double takeout and Jones was a little heavy on a freeze attempt.
Homan delivered a takeout and Jones settled for a draw for one.
The result means there will be new Olympic champions in both team events at the Pyeongchang Games.
Jones won women's gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the men's title went to Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Jacobs did not make the playoff round this week.
Mixed doubles has been added to the Olympic program for the Feb. 9-25 Games.