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Brad Gushue’s curling team from St. John’s has a 2-2 record at the Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling after losing 9-8 to Edmonton’s Brendan Bochtter in Estevan, Sask., Thursday afternoon.
The game was a rematch of last year’s Brier Canadian men’s championship final, won by Gushue and rinkmates Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker.
Earlier in the day, the Gushue rink had easily defeated Toronto’s John Epping 7-2.
It was the same pattern the reigning Brier champs had fashioned on the opening day of the event, which features 15 teams — szeven ion the men's side and eight in the women's divsion. On Wednesday, the St. John’s rink had defeated Regina’s Matt Dunstone in the morning and lost to Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. in the afternoon.
Gushue faces Winnipeg’s Reid Carruthers this afternoon and winds up preliminary-round play against Kevin Koe of Calgary tonight.
The top three teams advance to the playoffs, with the first-place rink in preliminary play earning a direct berth to Sunday's final.