Stoughton drops Trulsen at curling's Canadian Open

Canadians Jeff Stoughton, Bruce Korte and Pat Ryan won matches Saturday to advance to the quarter-finals of the Canadian Open of Curling

Jeff Stoughton made quick work of Olympic champion Pal Trulsen of Norway, needing just five ends for an 11-3 win Saturday that clinched a quarter-final berth at the Canadian Open of Curling.

The Winnipeg skip scored twice in the first end, stole a total of five in the next two ends and, after Trulsen fought back with a three in the fourth, pulled off a four-spot to end things.

Stoughton finished the round robin 2-2 while the Trulsen rink, possibly playing in their final cashspiel together, finished 1-3.

Ole Ingvaldsen, Norway's national team coach, said he expects the Trulsen rink to retire after the Torino Olympics and the skip agreed.

"I think so," said Trulsen. "You know, family, jobs, health and commitment, it all has to be there, however I'd like to come back for the Continental Cup."

Trulsen sees Canada's Brad Gushue as the favourite in Turin, Italy, counting himself out because, "lightning doesn't strike you twice."

Meanwhile, Bruce Korte's Saskatoon foursome ran their record to 4-0 and qualified for the quarter-finals by beating Dave Boehmer 10-4. Boehmer advanced into a tiebreaker against Gushue. The St. John's skip beat American Pete Fenson 6-5.

Pat Ryan's Kelowna, B.C., rink, skipped by Jim Cotter this weekend, improved to 3-1 and clinched a quarter-final spot with a 7-3 win over Mark Johnson of Edmonton.

Randy Dutiaume of Winnipeg beat Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont., 9-5. Both teams finished out of the playoffs.

with files from Canadian Press