Brad Gushue and his Newfoundland and Labrador rink must wait and watch today to see if they will play anymore at the Tim Hortons Brier Canadian men’s curling championship.
On Thursday night, Gushue and teammates Brett Gallant, Adam Casey and Geoff Walker finished up their round-robin schedule in Kamloops, B.C., by defeating Yukon/Northwest Territories 9-2. That leaves Newfoundland, which does not play in today’s final round-robin draw (1 p.m. Newfoundland time), with a 6-5 record and needing some help to get into a tiebreaker situation.
Four teams make the Page playoffs. Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba have already clinched berths, while Quebec and Saskatchewan are tied for fourth at 6-4. If those teams lose today (Quebec plays Alberta, Saskatchewan faces New Brunswick), then there will be a four-way tie for fourth — New Brunswick would also finish 6-5 — setting up a multi-tiebreaker situation.
Gushue and his rink out of the Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club in St. John’s, had to win twice Thursday to retain playoff hopes. They defeated Northern Ontario 7-6 earlier in the day.