Howard, Epping stay undefeated at Ontario Tankard

Glenn Howard at the 2015 Meridian Canadian Open in Yorkton, Sask. (Anil Mungal)

Glenn Howard and John Epping remain on top of the leaderboard after Day 2 at the Ontario Recharge with Milk Tankard in Brantford.

Howard, from Penetanguishene, scored a point in the final end to edge Dayna Deruelle 4-3 during Tuesday’s afternoon draw. The four-time world champion Howard held the bye in the evening to sit with a 3-0 record in the round robin.

Epping, of Toronto, had the afternoon off and earned an 8-2 victory over Greg Balsdon’s team from Kingston at night.

Team Epping jumped out to a 5-0 lead scoring a deuce in the second, stealing two in the third and one in the fourth. Balsdon, the 2014 Ontario winner, blanked a pair of ends before getting on the board with a deuce in seven but shook hands after Epping counted three in the eighth.

Epping (3-0) has been a steal machine swiping a total of 17 points through his first three games.

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Balsdon (3-1) picked up an 8-5 win over Pat Ferris earlier Tuesday. Ferris (1-2) of Grimsby bounced back defeating Mark Bice of Sarnia 9-7. Ferris broke a 6-6 tie with a three-ender in eight, held Bice to a single in nine and ran him out of rocks in the 10th. Bice had also lost to Ian Dickie of Newmarket 5-3 earlier and dropped to a 2-2 record.

Mike Harris, the 1998 Nagano Olympics silver medallist, improved to a 3-1 record with a pair of wins Tuesday defeating Joe Frans of Ingersoll 10-5 and Wayne Tuck (0-4) of Brantford 6-4.

Ottawa's Jake Higgs (2-2), with Mike McLean throwing fourth stones, slipped past Tuck 7-6 in an extra end for his first win of the tournament and pulled even with a 7-2 score over Dickie (1-3).

Frans is also at 2-2 after beating Deruelle 6-3. The Brampton native Deruelle fell to 0-3 in the round robin.

NOTES: The Recharge with Milk Tankard continues Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Watch live on Rogers TV Sports+. ... The winner will represent Ontario at the Tim Hortons Brier next month in Ottawa.