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Brad Gushue improves to 2-1 at National; guaranteed at least a tie-breaker with one game to go

Anil Mungal/Grand Slam of Curling - Brad Gushue delivers one of his shots Thursday night during his game against Peter de Cruz of Switzerland at the Boost National Grand Slam of Curling event in C.B.S. Gushue won the game 5-3 to improve to 2-1.
Anil Mungal/Grand Slam of Curling - Brad Gushue delivers one of his shots Thursday night during his game against Peter de Cruz of Switzerland at the Boost National Grand Slam of Curling event in C.B.S. Gushue won the game 5-3 to improve to 2-1. - Contributed

Brad Gushue guaranteed himself at least a tie-breaker with a clutch 5-3 win over Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz at the Boost National Grand Slam of Curling championship Thursday night.

In front of a loud full house at the C.B.S. Arena, and before a live national television audience, Gushue improved to 2-1 to sit in second place in Pool B.

Gushue meets Scotland’s Bruce Mouat, who’s on top of the pool at 3-0, 4:30 p.m. Friday. A win over Mouat would guarantee Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker a quarter-final berth.

Leading 4-3 without last shot in the eighth end (Grand Slam events are eight ends as opposed to 10), Gushue’s shot rock was guarded, leaving Benoit Schwarz, who throws last rocks for de Cruz’s team, with a tough runback on his final stone, which he missed.

That left Gushue with a steal of one and the game, much to the delight of the pro-Gushue crowd.

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