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Gushue rink 1-1 at Grand Slam event in Nova Scotia


It took a team of veteran all-stars to end Brad Gushue’s winning streak.

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Jeff Stoughton and his Selects rink — including Gushue’s former teammate, Jamie Korab — defeated the new Brier champions in Thursday’s night draw of the Princess Auto Elite 10, a Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event being held in Port Hawkesbury, N.S.
Stoughton took a one-up win at the event, which sees teams win ends by scoring two points with the hammer or through a steal.
The Selects team was put together especially for this event. All four members are former Grand Slam champs, while Stoughton, third David Nedohin and lead Nolan Thiessen have won Brier titles. Korab, a 37-year-old native of Harbour Grace, played with Gushue on his 2006 Olympic gold-medal winners.
Gushue had won nine straight games this month before the setback Thursday night. There were six round-robin victories at the Brier; two more in the playoffs — including a win over Kevin Koe in Sunday’s Brier final  — and another against Reid Carruthers of Manitoba in Thursday’s opening draw of the Elite 10.
Gushue, third Mark Nichols and second Brett Gallant are joined in Port Hawkesbury by fill-in lead Tom Sallows, taking over for Geoff Wallker, who is recovering from a shoulder injury suffered during the Brier. Walker needed the time off in order to be ready for the world men's curling championship beginning April 1 in Edmonton.
Stoughton’s Selects and Brad Jacobs Northern Ontario rink are both 2-0 at the event. Gushue is one of four entries at 1-1, while Koe and Carruthers are 0-2.
Preliminary play continues today, with the top eight teams — after tiebreakers — advancing to the playoffs on Saturday. The final is Sunday morning.



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