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Skips Howard, Martin to play for Grand Slam title

01/28/2012 10:52 EST | Updated 03/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Glenn Howard and Kevin Martin will square off for the title at The Pomeroy Inn & Suites National in Dawson Creek, B.C., after each skip extended his unbeaten run at the Capital One Grand Slam event with a pair of playoff victories on Saturday.

The final is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Howard reached the championship match by defeating Jeff Stoughton 8-3 in the quarter-finals, followed by an 8-3 win over Jim Cotter in the semifinal round.

Martin beat Niklas Edin 4-1 before knocking off Brad Gushue 4-3 in the semis.

Martin (7-0 for the tournament) is the reigning Olympic champion and the all-time leader with 17 Grand Slam titles. Howard (also 7-0) is a nine-time Slam winner and, like Martin, a former world champ.

The winner earns $20,000, while the runner-up takes home $11,000.

“It will be a fun battle as it always is,” said Martin, who will have first-end hammer in the game. “There will be a ton of rocks in play. The first rock will be a guard and then away we go.

"Who knows who will win?”

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