Manitoba back in the Brier winner’s circle, edge Ontario in final

first_imgIn the end, Ontario’s Glen Howard couldn’t win on home soil.Jeff Stoughton’s steal of two in the sixth paved the way for Manitoba to capture the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier. Stoughton, Jonathan Mead, Reid Carruthers and Steve Gould defeated Howard 8-6 in the final Sunday night at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont. It’s the third career Brier win for Stoughton, who will represent Canada at the world men’s curling championship next month in Regina. It’s Manitoba’s first Brier title since Stoughton last won in 1999.Stoughton advanced to the final with a win Friday in the 1-2 Page playoff over Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador.Meanwhile, Howard, who lost in the final in 2010, defeated his old rival Alberta’s Kevin Martin in the play-in contest before edging Gushue 7-6 in Saturday’s semi. Earlier, Gushue defeated Alberta’s Kevin Martin 10-5 to win the bronze medal.last_img

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