Tracy Fleury shoots a stone during the 2019 Players' Championship in Toronto. (Anil Mungal)

Fleury, Gunnlaugson win Icebreaker in Manitoba

August 25, 2019, 7:21 PM

Team Tracy Fleury and Team Jason Gunnlaugson broke the ice on the North American portion of the 2019-20 World Curling Tour season by capturing the Cargill Curling Training Centre Icebreaker titles in Morris, Man.

Team Fleury, from East St. Paul, Man., scored a deuce in the seventh end and stole one in the eighth to secure a 5-3 comeback victory over Japan’s Team Tori Koana during Sunday’s final. Team Gunnlaugson took two in five and stole three in six during a 7-5 win against Team Ty Dilello in the all-Winnipeg men’s final.

Both Fleury and Gunnlaugson finished the tournament undefeated including 2-0 runs through the double knockout preliminary round to earn byes to the semifinals. Earlier Sunday, Fleury fended off Japan’s Team Sayaka Yoshimura 6-5 while Gunnlaugson doubled up on Winnipeg’s Team JT Ryan 8-4 during the semis to book their spots in the finals.

Elsewhere in Week 5, Team Yannick Schwaller scored four points in the seventh to defeat Team Niklas Edin 6-4 and capture the Baden Masters title.

Schwaller’s Swiss squad posted a perfect 7-0 record in their home country event.

UP NEXT: The Oakville Fall Classic is the lone stop on the calendar for Week 6 and begins Friday at the Oakville Curling Club in Ontario.

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