Gushue 2-3 at the Brier after beating New Brunswick

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KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Jeff Stoughton has dodged more than a few bullets at the Canadian men’s curling championship but he was hit hard Monday night, falling 10-4 to Alberta’s Kevin Koe.
Koe’s win set up a three-way tie for first at the Tim Hortons Brier, as John Morris of B.C. then beat Eddie MacKenzie of Prince Edward Island 10-4.
Morris, Koe and Stoughton are all tied at 4-1 at the top of the standings. Newfoundland and Labrador’s Brad Gushue is 2-3.

 

Newfoundland and Labrador skip Brad Gushue releases a rock against New Brunswick at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops, B.C. on Monday. — Canadian Press photo

Gushue had just one game on a two-draw Monday, scoring a  9-7 win over James Grattan of New Brunswick, who had won his first game in the earlier draw. Northern Ontario improved to 2-3 by beating still winless Jamie Murphy of Nova Scotia 9-6.

Gushue and his Bally Haly Golf and Country Club rink  play twice today, taking on Saskatchewan (2-1) at 1 p.m. Newfoundland time and Prince Edward island (3-2) at 6 p.m. NT.

It’s important to win games at the Brier if you want a reserved spot in the future. A new system is coming into place that will force the bottom finishers to compete for the right to return.

It’s being brought in to keep the field the same size with the addition of a Team Canada and new rinks from Nunavut and Yukon, instead of just one Territories team.

Nova Scotia’s Murphy isn’t too thrilled at the Canadian Curling Association for the changes coming in 2015 that could see Nova Scotia have to compete for the right to play in the Brier.

“We’re firm believers that messing with traditions such as the Brier doesn’t seem like a smart decision,” he said of the new system, popularly known as relegation, although it seems anything but popular.

“We’re obviously biased when we say that because we’re probably going to be in the relegation pool.”

 

Organizations: Bally Haly Golf and Country Club, Team Canada, Canadian Curling Association

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Northern Ontario Saskatchewan Newfoundland Prince Edward island Nunavut Yukon

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  • mike
    March 04, 2014 - 17:40

    I'm very disappointed with the Gushue rink at the Briar. 2 & 4 to date. Time to chuck it in Brad, you had your shot at glory. Winning Provincials is no longer a glorified achievement. We have execellent teams here in Nfld who could accomplish the same losing streaks as you have been gathering as of late. If you stepped down maybe Nichols or Korab could return and take over the helm and lead Nfld to a Briar championship.

  • Fred Steinke
    March 04, 2014 - 12:06

    I love curling; too bad U.S. TV doesn't show more of it. I enjoyed the Olympics Curling, and my wife (born on Bell Island NL) enjoyed the hockey, especially the outcome. She has family in five Provinces (including Nunavut), and at least three U S States. We read the online Telegram daily. Fred from Highland IN USA (28 miles from downtown Chicago)

  • Bert
    March 04, 2014 - 08:07

    Instead of every team playing every other team why not have the Eastern teams play only the Ontario east teams and the Western teams play teams west of Ontario. The crossover would be for the Briar. This approach would also allow the fans to watch the games at a decent hour. Now we have to watch with a 3 and an half hour time difference. Scheduling of the games could change all this.