Morris into win column at Roar of the Rings

Vernon rink edged Brendan Bottcher of Edmonton for first win at Canadian Olympic curling trials

It might be the win that gets John Morris going at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Ottawa.

Morris, battling a sore neck, came from behind to get into the win column at the Roar, downing Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher 7-6.

Both rinks are 1-2.

Things didn’t look good early as Morris and his Vernon rink of Jim Cotter, Catlin Schneider and Tyrel Griffith fell behind 5-2 after four ends.

Cue the comeback.

Morris scored a deuce in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-4, then stole three in the eighth end, the TSN turning point, to grab a 7-5 lead.

Bottcher picked up a single point in nine and Morris held on for the win.

Calgary’s Kevin Koe was atop the standings following play Tuesday at 5-0. The top three rinks in the nine-team field make the playoffs on the weekend.

Morris takes on Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers (2-3) Wednesday night. Carruthers fell 9-5 to Brad Gushue of St. John’s (3-2) Tuesday night.

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