Team Epping On Fire

Team John Epping is #8 in Order of Merit (OOM) on the World Curling Tour. But no team is hotter.

The foursome from Toronto have won 15 of their last 21, including a championship in the Meridian Canadian Open – stop four of seven in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling.

Skip John Epping made one amazing shot after another in the Canadian Open, including this angle-runback-double for two to win the semifinal against Team Kevin Koe:


Courtesy of CurlingZone

Epping, the angle-raise king right now, also served up two more gems in the final against Team Brad Gushue. Click here to see them if you haven’t already. A model of consistency as well as excitement, the skipper curled at an unbelievable 100% in the championship match against Team Gushue.

Their championship performance in Yorkton was just a continuation of their fine play of late. Here are the results from their last three bonspiels:

Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling – The National
November 11-15, 2015

Draw Opponent OOM W/L Score
3 Reid Carruthers (MB) 7 W 8-5
7 Mike McEwen (MB) 1 W 7-5
9 Glenn Howard (ON) 10 L 3-4
12 John Shuster (USA) 14 W 9-2
QF Pat Simmons (AB) 13 W 6-3
SF Brad Gushue (NL) 2 L 6-8

*Source for all charts: World Curling Tour

Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling
December 2-6, 2015

Draw Opponent OOM W/L Score
1 Steve Laycock (SK) 7 W 7-5
3 Mike McEwen (MB) 1 L 6-9
5 Kevin Koe (AB) 4 W 9-5
6 Brad Jacobs (ON) 3 L 3-7
8 Pat Simmons (AB) 12 L 6-8
9 Brad Gushue (NL) 2 W 8-6
10 Reid Carruthers (MB) 5 W 9-4
TB Pat Simmons (AB) 12 W 7-5
SF Kevin Koe (AB) 4 L 6-7

Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling – Meridian Canadian Open
December 8-13, 2015

Draw Opponent OOM W/L Score
3 Brendan Bottcher (AB) 0 W 4-2
7 Mike McEwen (MB) 0 W 6-5
9 Kevin Koe (AB) 0 W 9-3
QF Steve Laycock (SK) 0 W 6-4
SF Kevin Koe (AB) 0 W 6-5
CF Brad Gushue (NL) 0 W 7-4

Looked at another way, here is their record against each team they’ve faced over these last 21 games:

Opponent Current OOM Record
McEwen 1 2-1
Gushue 2 2-1
Jacobs 3 0-1
Koe 4 3-1
Carruthers 5 2-0
Laycock 7 2-0
Bottcher 9 1-0
Howard 10 0-1
Simmons 12 2-1
Shuster 13 1-0

With performances that good against some of the best in the world, Team Epping will be a force to be reckoned with throughout the 2015-16 campaign.

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