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Gushue remains in playoff hunt at Shorty Jenkins Classic

The St. John's rink skipped by Brad Gushue is 2-2 with one round-robin game remaining at this week's World Curling Tour event in Cornwall, Ont.
The St. John's rink skipped by Brad Gushue is 2-2 with one round-robin game remaining at this week's World Curling Tour event in Cornwall, Ont.

Brad Gushue and his world championship team from the Bally Haly Golf and Country Club in St. John’s are 2-2 heading into their final round-robin game tonight at the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic, a World Curling Tour stop in Cornwall, Ont.

sGushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker have a shot at getting to Sunday’s playoffs, but will need to beat Scotland’s Greg Drummond and hope that another Scottish rink — one skipped by Kyle Smith — loses to Glenn Howard. That should be enough to get Gushue into the quarter-finals.
In Cornwall, Team Gushue split a pair of games Thursday, beating Joel Retornaz of Italy 9-7 before dropping an 8-7 extra end decision to Howard.
Ion  Friday, Gushue gave up a steal of one in the eighth end to lose 6-5 to Smith, who is from Perth, Scotland, then bounced back for a 7-3 victory over Codey Maus of London, Ont., a result that gave Gushue continued hope for a playoff berth and a shot at his third Shorty Jenkins title.
The Gushue rink has been busy through the early going of the 2017-18 season. The Shorty Jenkins marks the fourth straight weekend the curlers have competed, starting with the Everest Curling Challenge in Fredericton, N.B., Aug. 25-27, the Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Classic Sept. 1-3 in Winnipeg and the Grand Slam of Curling Tour Challenge last weekend in Regina, Sask.
The Gushue foursome won the Tour Challenge, going 6-0. In Fredericton, Gushue, and his specially-drafted team of Cathy Overton, E.J. Harnden and Lisa Weagle won the $200,000 top prize at the Everest Challenge.

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