Morris wins last two

Vernon rink playing for pride; wraps up trials Friday afternoon

The John Morris rink of Vernon finished with two wins and a 3-5 record at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Ottawa.

Morris, Jim Cotter, Catlin Schneider and Tyrel Griffith finished the round-robin Friday afternoon with a 7-6 win over Steve Laycock of Saskatoon (2-6).

Morris picked up his second win Friday morning, using the hammer to score one point in an extra end to down John Epping of Toronto 6-5.

Epping forced the extra end with a single with hammer in the 10th.

Kevin Coe of Calgary and Brad Gushue of St. John’s had guaranteed playoff spots heading into the final draw Friday night. Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen was sitting in the third and final playoff spot and would clinch it if Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher beat Reid Carruthers of Winnipeg Friday night. A Carruthers win would force a tiebreaker.

On the women’s side, Chelsey Carey of Calgary went undefeated to earn a bye into the final. She’ll play the winner of the semifinal between Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg and Rachel Homan of Ottawa.

Roar winners will represent Canada at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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