Round-robin play at the SaskTel Tankard wrapped up on Friday at the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon with seven-time champion Steve Laycock and his team finding themselves in a tiebreaker situation after losses in their last two games.
Laycock is joined by Swift Current's Chris Haichert and Shaun Meachem, who is back with the team after missing the first two days due to a personal matter.
The team opened the day with a 9-7 extra-end loss to Daymond Bernath and his team from the Nutana in the afternoon draw. Bernath led 5-3 after seven ends until Laycock scored three in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead. Bernath got two in the ninth to take a 7-6 lead coming home, and forced Laycock to one in the 10th before picking up two in the extra end.
In the evening draw, Laycock faced the unbeaten Mike McEwen rink in a battle for first place in Pool A. The eight-time Tankard champion for Manitoba and Ontario cruised to a 9-3 victory in eight ends to lock up a spot in the 1 vs. 2 Page Playoff game and send Laycock into a tiebreaker on Saturday morning against Dustin Kalthoff with the winner advancing to the 3 vs. 4 game against Rylan Kleiter.
McEwen will face Kody Hartung, who finished Pool B with a 5-0 record, in tonight's 1 vs. 2 game where the winner will advance directly to the final on Sunday afternoon, while the loser will face the winner of the 3 vs. 4 game in the semi-final on Sunday morning. The champion will represent Saskatchewan at the Montana's Brier in Regina March 1-10.