Cotter makes Pinty’s semifinal

Vernon’s Jim Cotter meets Steven Laycock of Saskatoon in semifinal action Sunday morning at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Masters

Morning Star Staff

Vernon’s Jim Cotter stopped Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie 8-1 (seven ends) Saturday afternoon in quarterfinal play at the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Masters in Truro, N.S.

Cotter – backed by third Ryan Kuhn and front-enders Ty Griffith and Rick Sawatsky – meets Steven Laycock of Saskatoon in semifinal action Sunday morning at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

Cotter made 87 per cent of his shots Saturday, scoring triples in the fifth and seventh ends.

Jacobs had upended Cotter 6-3 in preliminary play Friday night. Cotter, who shot 65 per cent, finished pool play at 3-1. Kuhn fired 69 per cent.

Cotter went to 3-0 Thursday night by trimming Reid Carruthers of Winnipeg 4-3 in an extra end. Cotter made 93 per cent of his shots against Carruthers.

Kevin Koe of Calgary faces Mike McEwen of Winnipeg in today’s other semifinal.

Team Cotter won the Tour Challenge Tier 2 event to earn a berth at the Masters. All events in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Series are played utilizing the five-rock rule. The winners of this event will get invites to the second of two new events in the Pinty’s Grand Slam. of Curling series, the Champions Cup, which is the final event of the season and showcases all of the winners from major events in curling.