The Tim Hortons Brier field is now set.
In a battle of Winnipeg rinks Friday night at the Brandt Centre, Mike McEwen edged Jason Gunnlaugson 4-3 to take the 16th and final spot as he will be the wild-card.
In what was a defensive game throughout, McEwen had to take one with his final shot in the 10th to send the game into extra ends. In that extra end, McEwen was counting four when Gunnlaugson went down to throw his last shot.
Needing a draw to the button, he was just heavy giving McEwen the win. With his first shot of the end, Gunnlaugson’s rock picked before it left his hand causing him to throw a stone that went through the house without hitting anything.
“I can’t remember the last time I’ve had a break to win a game.” McEwen said. “I can’t think of a really important game that we’ve stolen to win. It’s very exhilarating to move on.”
The first draw of the Brier will go Saturday afternoon at 2 and Saskatchewan’s Steve Laycock will be a part of it. The Saskatoon rink will meet Mike Fournier of Quebec in that first draw which will go after the opening ceremonie which are slated to begin at 12:30.