Hometown favourite Steve Laycock drops opening draw at Brier

Saskatchewan skip Steve Laycock, left, watches a rock as Quebec second William Dion looks on at the Tim Hortons Brier. (Andrew Vaughan/CP)

REGINA – Hometown favourite Steve Laycock and his Saskatchewan rink fell to Quebec’s Mike Fournier 5-2 in nine ends on Saturday in the first draw of the Tim Hortons Brier.

Laycock lost after allowing a steal of two in the eighth and one in the ninth, in his opening game of the round-robin tournament at Canada’s men’s curling championship.

Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs topped Ontario’s John Epping 4-3, despite the pressure from the Toronto-based rink.

Top-seeded Reid Carruthers of Manitoba overcame some stressful situations from Prince Edward Island. But Eddie MacKenzie’s team couldn’t capitalize enough, dropping a 12-7 decision to Carruthers in eight ends.

New Brunswick’s James Grattan led for most of the game against Nunavut’s Dave St. Louis, scoring deuces in the eighth and ninth end for a final score of 9-3.

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