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Manitoba’s Jason Gunnlaugson eliminated from playoff contention at Tim Hortons Brier

Team Manitoba skip Jason Gunnlaugson delivers a stone at the Brier in Kingston, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher locked up a berth in the 1-2 Page playoff game at the Tim Hortons Brier with a 10-3 victory over Ontario’s John Epping on Friday afternoon.

Bottcher secured top spot in the eight-team pool at 9-1 with one draw in the championship round remaining at the Leon’s Centre.

Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador beat Team Wild Card’s Mike McEwen 5-3 to move into sole possession of second place at 8-2.

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Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs, McEwen and Saskatchewan’s Matt Dunstone were tied for third at 7-3.

Northern Ontario beat Canada’s Kevin Koe 7-3 and Saskatchewan edged Manitoba’s Jason Gunnlaugson 9-8.

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Ontario and Canada still had a slim chance of making the four-team cut for the Page playoffs despite 6-4 records. Manitoba (5-5) has been eliminated from playoff contention.

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The winner of Saturday’s 1-2 Page playoff game will advance directly to the final Sunday night. The winner of the 3-4 Page playoff will advance to the semifinal Sunday afternoon against the loser of the 1-2 game. The semifinal winner will move on to the final.

The Brier champion will represent Canada at the March 28-April 5 world men’s curling championship in Glasgow, Scotland.

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