Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Side Sweeps Skins Draw to Lock Up Win over Europe at Continental Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Side Sweeps Skins Draw to Lock Up Win over Europe at Continental Cup

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Canadian curlers clinch Continental Cup

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CALGARY - Canada dominated Europe in Sunday's skins matches to win the Continental Cup at Canada Olympic Park.

Canada swept all three afternoon skins games to guarantee the victory and then won two of the three evening matches for good measure.

In a race to 30.5 points, Canada entered Sunday's draws with a 22-8 lead, needing just 8.5 points to win the event -- which it did in Draw 10 by claiming 10.5 points. Canada then added another 9.5 points in Draw 11 to finish the four-day competition with a 42-18 advantage.

"I was surprised by the margin but we expected to win," said Canadian coach Rick Lang. "We knew we had a great team. I thought they would challenge us more because they also have top international teams."

In the afternoon draws, Winnipeg's Mike McEwen secured the victory when he picked up a full point in his match against Sweden's Niklas Edin, giving Canada an insurmountable lead over the European team.

McEwen went on to win by a score of 3. …

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