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.