The Brad Gushue foursome of Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker pulled out another nail-biter in the afternoon draw, this time an 8-7 decision over Glenn Howard’s Ontario rink Thursday afternoon at Mile One Centre.
Gushue plays Kevin Koe’s Team Canada tonight in Draw 16.
Koe was also a winner this aftenoon, beating Mike McEwen of Manitoba 6-3. Quebec’s Jean-Michel Menard downed Mike Kennedy of New Brunswick 9-4, and Jamie Murphy of Nova Scotia doubled Jamie Koe of the Northwest Territories 8-4.
Heading into tonight’s draw, Gushue, Kevin Koe and McEwen are all 7-2. Menard and Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario are 7-3.
Gushue also went to an extra end Wednesday, before beating John Morris of British Columbia 5-4.
Newfoundland hit the ice less than two hours later, and beat Menard in the night draw.
Against Ontario, Gushue led 3-1 after three ends, but Howard, the four-time Brier winner who is making a record 17th appearance at the nationals, hung in the game, sending the things to an extra end with two in the ninth.