Brendan Bottcher wins Meridian Canadian Open

Brendan Bottcher (Edmonton, Alberta) wins the Meridian Canadian Open, defeating John Epping (Toronto, Ontario) 6-3 at the Civic Centre in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Bottcher with Darren Moulding at third, Bradley Thiessen and Karrick Martin on the front end take home the $30,000CDN first place cheque along with 87.244 world ranking points, while Epping receives $18,000CDN and 63.979 world ranking points for their second place finish.

Starting with hammer, Bottcher scored 2 in the first end, with Epping responding in the second end scoring 2 to even the score. Bottcher scored a single in the third end with a thin in-off for the 3-2 lead. After a blank end, Epping was held to a single the fifth end with Bottcher responded in the sixth end scoring 2. Bottcher added a steal in the seventh end, then held on for the 6-3 win.

In the semifinals, Bottcher defeated Brad Gushue (St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador) 6-5 and Epping defeated Niklas Edin (Karlstad, Sweden) 9-1. Edin and Gushue earned $12,000CDN and 49.438 ranking points for their semifinal finishes. In the quarterfinals, Bottcher defeated Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste Marie, Ontario) 5-2, Epping defeated Kevin Koe (Calgary, Alberta) 6-4, while Gushue defeated Glenn Howard (Penetanguishe, Ontario) 6-2 and Edin defeated Bruce Mouat (Stirling, Scotland) 5-4 in an extra end. Mouat, Jacobs, Howard and Koe earned $8,000CDN along with 34.898 ranking points for their quarterfinal finishes.

Bottcher went 3-0 in the 16 team triple knockout qualifying round. In their opening game, Bottcher defeated Reid Carruthers (Winnipeg, Manitoba) 8-4, then won against Matt Dunstone (Regina, Saskatchewan) 6-3 advancing to the A-event final where they won against Peter De Cruz (Geneve, Switzerland) 9-5 to advance to the playoff round.