Brad Gushue and his Newfoundland and Labrador rink split a pair of games Wednesday to remain below .500 at the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian men’s curling championship. Nevertheless, Gushue still has a shot at a playoff berth with two games left on his round-robin schedule.
Newfoundland, skipped by Gushue and including Brett Gallant, Adam Casey and Geoff Walker, was 4-5 after a dramatic extra-end win over Quebec (3-4) in Wednesday afternoon’s 12th draw.
With the scored tied 6-6 and Gushue having the hammer, Quebec had the shot stone behind cover after Jean-Michel Menard put up a guard with his first rock. But Gushue made a brilliant takeout through the narrowest of ports to lie four. Menard, the 2006 Brier champ, then wrecked on a guard as he tried a similar shot, leaving Newfoundland with the much-needed victory.
Four teams will advance to the Page Playoffs, beginning Friday evening.
There are already three teams Gushue won’t be able to overtake
John Morris of British Columbia, which beat Newfoundland 5-3 Wednesday morning, has an 8-1 record. Kevin Koe of Alberta was 7-1 heading into a game against Ontario Wednesday night and Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton is 7-2.
However, Ontario (4-3) and Saskatchewan (4-3) remained within hailing distance of Gushue, even if they won their games Wednesday night (the results were not available by The Telegram’s press deadline).
As it stands, to get into a tiebreaker, Gushue would need to win their two games today, against Northern Ontario (2-7), at 1 p.m. Newfoundland time, and Yukon/Northwest Territories (3-4), at 1 p.m. NT, and hope Ontario and Saskatchewan both lose at least two of their remaining four games.