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Saskatchewan’s Mike McEwen advanced to the semifinal of the Canadian men’s curling championship with a 6-5 win over Manitoba’s Matt Dunstone on Saturday afternoon in Regina.

Saskatchewan skip pulls out 6-5 victory in 10th end before home crowd in Regina

Saskatchewan skip, wearing a green top and dark pants, calls out to the sweepers while playing Manitoba during the Page 3-4 playoff at the Brier on March 9, 2024 in Regina.
Saskatchewan skip Mike McEwen, pictured, blew a 5-1 lead in Saturday’s playoff game at the Brier, only to execute a nose hit against three Matt Dunstone counters for a 6-5 victory in Regina. McEwen will face Brad Gushue or Brendan Bottcher in Sunday’s semifinal. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Saskatchewan’s Mike McEwen advanced to the semifinal of the Canadian men’s curling championship with a 6-5 win over Manitoba’s Matt Dunstone on Saturday afternoon in Regina.

McEwen stole a single point in the fifth and sixth ends to lead 5-1, but gave up single steals in the eighth and ninth to be tied coming home with hammer.

The skip executed a nose hit against three Dunstone counters for the win and earned a standing ovation from Regina’s Brandt Centre.

Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher and defending champion Brad Gushue were to meet in a later playoff game.

The winner earned an express ticket to Sunday night’s final while the loser dropped to Sunday afternoon’s semifinal to face McEwen.

The last Saskatchewan team to win a Brier was Rick Folk’s in 1980.

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