Gushue advances to 2018 Tim Hortons Brier Final

Brad Gushue (with permission)

Brad Gushue of St. John’s, Newfoundland is in the 2018 Tim Hortons Brier Final. On Saturday evening in Regina, Saskatchewan, Gushue’s Team Canada squad defeated Ontario 6-2 in the 1-2 game.

However the story of the game was simply Gushue. The reigning world champion and Olympic gold medalist from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin curled 100% and was never really tested by Ontario’s John Epping, who had one of his worst performances as a team during the entire week.

The Ontario champions might have curled 83%, but it was Epping’s squad that seemed to make all the key mistakes and were behind early when Team Canada generated a deuce in the second end and a stolen point in the fourth end, Nothing continued to go right for Epping in the fifth as he missed a blank opportunity and took a single point. That was followed by another deuce by Gushue in the sixth end.

However Team Ontario is still alive. They play Team Alberta on Sunday morning in the semi-final with the winner playing Gushue in the evening. Alberta advanced thanks to a 6-5 win over Northern Ontario’s Brandon Jacobs. With his final shot in the 11th end, Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher made a fabulous draw to steal a point. If Alberta will beat Ontario on Sunday, their third Darren Moulding needs to be better. He struggled with one particular rock on Saturday and only curled 70%.

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