On his home ice at the Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club in St. John’s, Gushue opened the competition with a 7-2 win over Adam Boland and followed up with an 7-1 victory over Trent Skanes in the evening draw.
The Gushue rink stole a total of eight points in the two games.
In other matchups Thursday, Paul Harvey stole three points in the eighth end as he and his rinkmates overcame an 4-1 deficit for an 8-5 win over Colin Thomas, and Boland bounced back to beat Thomas 10-3 in the second draw.
Gushue has skipped 10 straight Tankard winners and 13 overall, which is just one more provincial championship than Heather Strong owns.
Strong is also 2-0 in the Scotties provincial women’s competition, being held concurrently with the men’s championship at Bally Haly.
Strong’s first win Thursday saw her defeat two-time defending champion Stacie Curtis 7-5. She then posted a 10-4 victory over Shelly Miller.
Curtis scored five times in the last two ends — including a steal of three in the 10th — for a 9-5 win over Beth Hamilton in the second draw, while Shelley Hardy — another former champ — won her only game of the day, scoring three in an extra end for a 10-7 victory over Hamilton.
There will be five draws in the two round-robin competitions, with the last coming Saturday morning. All the teams competing at Bally Haly are from St. John’s and all, except for Gushue, curl out of the Re/Max Centre.