Brad Gushue is headed to another Tankard provincial men’s curling final.
Gushue, the seven-time defending Tankard champion and 10-time overall champ, booked a berth in the 2014 final with a 9-2 win over Trent Skanes in the Friday afternoon draw of the Tankard competition. at Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club in St. John’s.
That gave the Gushue rink a 4-0 record and a guaranteed top-two finish at the end of the round-robin competition. The top two teams will meet for the championship.
Still to be decided heading into the final round-robin draw Friday night (the results of which were unavailable at The Telegram’s press deadline) was who Gushue will face in the final and whether he would have the double life that comes with going undefeated in preliminary play.
Gushue was to face Ken Peddigrew in the Friday-night draw, and there was much on the line besides the possibility of Gushue having a clean record.
That’s because a win by Peddigrew (3-1) would put him in the final. Otherwise, the door would be open for Trent Skanes and Colin Thomas, who both had 2-2 records going into the final draw.
A Peddigrew loss to Gushue and win by either or both Thomas (who was to face Andrew Symonds Friday night) and Skanes (who finished up against Rick Rowsell) would created the need for a tiebreaker or series of tiebreakers, which would be played today.
The final or finals are also set for today, but there was a possibility they could be extended into Sunday depending on the number of any required tiebreakers and if there needs to be a two-game final.
All six rinks at this year’s Tankard were based out of St. John’s.
The Tankard winner will represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Tim Hortons Brier national men’s championship March 1-9 in Kamloops, B.C.