Calvert wins Spider Performance Icebreaker

Braden Calvert (Winnipeg, MB) wins the Spider Performance Icebreaker at The Granite, defeating John Shuster (Duluth, USA) 8-4 at the Granite Curling Club in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Calvert with Kyle Kurz at third with Lucas Van Den Bosch and Brendan Wilson on the front end take home the $2,200CDN first place cheque along with 24.331 world ranking points, while Shuster receives $1,500CDN and 19.117 world ranking points for their second place finish.

Starting with hammer, Shuster scored 1 in the first end, with Calvert responding in the second end scoring 2. Shuster scored 2 in the third end after which Calvert delivered the fatal blow in the fourth end scoring 4 to take a 6-3 lead. Shuster was forced to a single in the fifth end, with Calvert adding 2 more in the 6th end for the 8-4 win.

In the semifinals, Calvert defeated Jason Gunnlaugson (Winnipeg, MB) 5-4 in an extra end and Shuster defeated William Lyburn (Winnipeg, MB) 7-1. Gunnlaugson and Lyburn earned $1,000CDN and 14.772 ranking points for their third place finishes. In the quarterfinals, Calvert defeated Craig Brown (Madison, USA) 6-2 and Lyburn defeated Sean Grassie (Winnipeg, MB) 6-1. Brown and Grassie earned $700CDN along with 10.427 ranking points for their quarterfinal finishes.

Calvert went 2-1 in the 12 team double knockout qualifying round. In their opening game, Calvert lost 5-4 to JT Ryan (Winnipeg, MB), then responded with a 4-2 win over Trevor Bonot (Thunder Bay, ON). Calvert won against Ryan 7-3 in to qualify for the playoffs.

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