Banff, Alta. - Jeff Stoughton and his All-Star rink swept their way to $17,500 in prize money and secured a spot in Sunday's Travelers All-Star Curling Skins Game Presented by Pintys Final following a semifinal victory over Brad Gushue Saturday afternoon at The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre in Banff, Alta.
The highly-anticipated Travelers All-Star Curling Skins Game Presented by Pinty's final airs Sunday at 1pm et/10am pt live on TSN.
With $57,000 up for grabs in the final, Stoughton will face off against the winner of Saturday night's semifinal #2 at 9:30pm et/6:30pm pt live on TSN, as Brad Jacobs – 2013 Brier champion and Team Canada's representative at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games – takes on Vancouver 2010 gold medallist and all-time TSN curling skins leading money earner Kevin Martin.
In front of a packed house at The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre, Stoughton played alongside an All-Star team featuring Dave Nedohin (Third), Brent Laing (Second), and Ryan Harnden (Lead). Gushue's All-Star team included John Morris (Third), E.J. Harnden (Second), and Ben Hebert (Lead).
Gushue took the lead early in the draw, winning the first skin in the second end following a carry-over and the second skin in the third end for a total of $3,500. Stoughton evened it up with a win in the fifth end following a carry-over to tie the game at $3,500. Following two carry-overs the game was on the line in the seventh end, with Stoughton securing the victory and a spot in Sunday's final. With the game already decided, Stoughton would go on to win the final skin of the afternoon with an eighth end steal.
In total, Stoughton won three skins and takes home $17,500 in prize money. After Saturday's draw, Stoughton's career TSN skins game winnings now total $55,500. Gushue won a total of $3,500 in prize money to increase his career TSN skins game earnings to $9,500.
The Travelers All-Star Curling Skins Game Presented by Pinty's is the premier special event on the curling calendar. The event's sponsors include title sponsor Travelers, presenting sponsor Pinty's, as well as official partners Rimrock Resort Hotel, VTech, Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA), Nature's Path, Canada Goose, Town of Banff, and Banff/Lake Louise Tourism.