Northern Ontario skip wins 7-5
Brad Gushue and his Bally Haly Country Club curling team’s hopes of landing a spot in the Canadian Olympic curling trials for a crack at representing Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics were dashed Sunday night in Kitchener, Ont.
Gushue, Brett Gallant, Adam Casey and Geoff Walker dropped a 7-5 decision to reigning Tim Horton Brier champ Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
So it’s Jacobs who will join John Morris of British Columbia in the Roar of the Rings Trials in early December in Winnipeg.
Since winning the 2005 Olympic Trials and the 2006 Olympic gold medal, Gushue has failed to reach the Trials. He could not land a spot in the 2009 Trials, for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, after falling short in the Pre-Trials in Prince George, B.C.
It was a long road for Gushue, the second seed, after he rattled off two wins early, then lost the A-Event final to Morris.
Battling back through the B-Event, Gushue lost the semifinal to Jacobs and had to win two more games before defeating Greg Balsdon of Elgin, Ont., in the C-Event finals. Earlier Sunday, Gushue came out hitting against Saskatoon’s Steve Laycock for a 5-3 win.
Holding last shot Sunday night, Jacobs scored two in the first end and Gushue had to settle for one in the second.
But then the St. John’s skip picked up steals of one in the third and fourth ends to grab a 3-2 lead. It was shortlived, however, as Jacobs scored a huge three in the fifth.
After Gushue countered with one in the seventh end, each skip traded points for the next three ends for a 7-5 Jacobs final.
Jacobs and Morris join John Epping, Mike McEwen, Kevin Koe, Jeff Stoughton, Glenn Howard and Kevin Martin in the Trials which start Dec. 1 at the MTS Centre.