Kevin Martin and Glen Howard continue to steamroll the field at the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary.
Martin, the reigning national and world champion, and Howard, who won the same crowns in 2007, are tied atop the leaderboard after three days of action with 5-0 records. Both posted wins in nail-biters last night to maintain perfection. Martin’s Edmonton rink put two on the board in the 10th end to defeat 2006 Olympic gold-medallist Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador 5-4. Dating back to last year’s Brier, Martin has won 18 straight.
Howard lifted his Ontario rink to a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over Saskatchewan’s Joel Jordison by scoring three in the 10th end on an incredible highlight-reel shot. Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton is next behind the co-leaders at 4-1.
Nova Scotia’s Mark Dacey is 2-3 after a split yesterday. The Mayflower skip lost 10-7 to Russ Howard in the morning, then bounced back to beat Northern Ontario’s Mike Jakubo 8-3 in the afternoon.
Dacey, the 2004 Brier winner, faces Quebec’s Jean-Michel Menard this afternoon and Gushue in the evening.