Curling

The Canadian Press - Friday Nov. 1, 2013 17:10 ET

Canada's Glenn Howard maintains perfect record at Masters Grand Slam of Curling

Needs extra end to beat Sven Michel of Switzerland Friday

Glenn Howard
Canada's Glenn Howard, shown here competing at The Brier this year, has a perfect record at the Masters Grand Slam of Curling so far. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press)

Canadian Glenn Howard needed an extra end against Sven Michel of Switzerland to preserve his perfect record at the Masters Grand Slam of Curling on Friday in Abbotsford, B.C.

The skip from Coldwater, Ont., scored one in the ninth end to edge Michel 7-6 and finish first atop the round robin with a 4-0 record.

Howard will face Sweden's Niklas Edin in the quarter-finals. Edin downed Switzerland's Sven Michel 6-2 to advance.

Calgary's Kevin Koe scored three late points to rally past John Epping in a tiebreaker.

Koe was trailing 3-2 before scoring three in the seventh end to advance to Saturday's quarter-final match against Edmonton's Kevin Martin.

The other men's quarters featured Scotland's David Murdoch against Winnipeg's Jeff Stoughton, and China's Rui Lui against Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne.

In the women's tiebreakers, Scotland's Eve Muirhead battered Coldwater's Sherry Middaugh 7-1 in six ends, while Winnipeg's Chelsea Carey scored three in the fifth end to hold off Russia's Anna Sidorova 6-5.

Carey next plays another tiebreaker against Ottawa's Rachel Homan on Saturday. If Carey wins, she'll play Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson, who finished a perfect 4-0 atop the round robin.

If Homan wins, she'll face Heather Nedohin of Sherwood Park, Alta., while Muirhead will play Sigfridsson.

In the other women's quarters, Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones faces Saskatoon's Stefanie Lawton, and Mirjam Ott of Switzerland takes on South Korea's Ji-Sun Kim.

Catch the men's quarter-finals Saturday (12 p.m. ET) and the men's final Sunday (1 p.m. ET) on CBC and CBCSports.ca

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