The Canadian Press - Friday Nov. 15, 2013 01:36 ET

Kevin Martin stays undefeated at Canadian Open

Edmonton skip beats Saskatoon's Steve Laycock

Kevin Martin
Kevin Martin came off a loss in the final of the first Grand Slam event earlier this month. (Andy Clark/Reuters)

Kevin Martin rallied to beat Steve Laycock 8-6 and stay undefeated at the Grand Slam of Curling's Canadian Open on Thursday.

The Edmonton skip scored four in the seventh end in Draw 5 against Saskatoon's Laycock to take an 8-5 lead and eventually improve to 3-0.

Martin is coming off a loss in the final of the first Grand Slam event earlier this month to Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont.

Winnipeg's Jeff Stoughton and Calgary's Kevin Koe are also perfect through the early matches.

Stoughton finished the day with an 8-4 win against Winnipeg's William Lyburn, while Koe scored once in an extra end to edge Winnipeg's Mike McEwen 6-5.

Meanwhile, Switzerland's Peter de Cruz beat Brad Gushue of St. John's, N.L., 8-5 and Rob Fowler of Brandon, Man., defeated Edmonton's Brendan Bottcher 5-3.

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