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Tim Hortons Brier 2018: Thursday Curling Results, Updated Draw and Schedule

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2018

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 1: Draw 4 of the Canadian Men's Curling Championships takes place during the Tim Horton's Brier at the Scotiabank Saddledome on March 1, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Todd Korol/Getty Images)
Todd Korol/Getty Images

The Tim Hortons Brier 2018 reached its championship round on Thursday, which had the top teams from each pool going head-to-head.

Th first slate of games provided a little bit of separation among the top contenders, as No. 1 Alberta fell to No. 8 Saskatchewan. However, three other teams continued their winning ways to keep pace atop the leaderboard throughout the day. 

Check out Thursday's recap and how things stand following the latest action.

       

Championship Pool

1. Northern Ontario (8-1)

2. Canada (8-1)

3. Ontario (8-1)

4. Alberta (7-2)

5. Manitoba (5-4)

6. Wild Card (5-4)

7. Saskatchewan (5-4)

8. Nova Scotia (4-5)

      

Championship Round

Thursday 3 p.m. ET

Sheet A 

Saskatchewan 8, Alberta 6

Sheet B

Canada 7, Manitoba 2

Sheet C

Northern Ontario 6, Nova Scotia 4

Sheet D 

Ontario 8, Wild Card 7

     

Thursday 8 p.m. ET

Sheet A 

Ontario 8, Nova Scotia 6 

Sheet B 

Northern Ontario 8, Wild Card 1

Sheet C 

Alberta 8, Manitoba 2

Sheet D 

Canada 5, Saskatchewan 4

       

Thursday Recap

Take it for what it's worth, but Pool B took three out of the four matches against Pool A in the early slate. Team Canada was the only squad from Pool A to manage a victory.

Alberta was unable to follow up Wednesday's impressive performance that saw them take out its top two competitors in Pool A with an opening win in the championship round. 

Each Northern Ontario, Canada and Ontario improved to 7-1 to keep the race for the No. 1 spot tight. While Canada and Northern Ontario cruised to victory, Ontario need a rally in the ninth end and two points in the 10th to pull out a win over Wild Card.

In the second slate of matches, two of the top teams—Ontario and Canada—were tested. But alas, they both continued to pile up the wins. Ontario rallied for three points in the ninth and 10th ends to pull out an 8-6 victory over Nova Scotia, and Canada needed an extra end to escape with a 5-4 win over Saskatchewan.

By the end of Thursday's action, three teams in the championship pool had an 8-1 record, with Alberta failing to pull off the sweep on this day and falling back from the pack.

       

Friday Schedule

Draw 18 (10 a.m. ET)

Sheet A-A-1

Yukon vs. Nunavut

Sheet B-A2

Northwest Territories vs. Quebec

Sheet C-A3

New Brunswick vs. British Columbia

Sheet D-A4

Prince Edward Island vs. Newfoundland and Labrador 

      

Draw 19 (3 p.m. ET)

Sheet A

Canada vs. Northern Ontario

Sheet B

Ontario vs. Alberta

Sheet C

Wild Card vs. Saskatchewan

Sheet D

Manitoba vs. Nova Scotia

      

Draw 20 (8 p.m. ET)

Sheet A

Manitoba vs. Wild Card

Sheet B

Nova Scotia vs. Saskatchewan

Sheet C

Ontario vs. Canada

Sheet D

Alberta vs. Northern Ontario

Stats via curling.ca.

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