After trudging through one of his worst outings this season Friday afternoon, Brad Gushue responded in championship form later that evening with a 4-1 win over Yannick Schwaller of Switzerland in a tie-breaking game at the Boost National Grand Slam of Curling event.
The win over Schwaller nails down one of eight quarter-final berths for Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker, who will play 11 o’clock Saturday morning.
None other than Scottish skip Bruce Mouat, who beat the St. John’s-based team 6-5 earlier Friday, forcing Gushue and Co. into the tie-breaker.
While Gushue curled poorly against Mouat – he allowed a steal of one in the fourth end and three in the fifth, and finished the night curling 60 per cent – he was much better against Schwaller, the man who beat Gushue 8-6 in the opening draw of the National last Tuesday.
After struggling with the ice through the Mouat game, Gushue looked like the Gushue of old vs Schwaller, especially in the seventh end when a deft pick of a Switzerland rock left the hometown favourites counting two and up 4-1 heading into the final end.
The other quarter-final games at 11 feature Kevin Koe vs Jason Gunnlaugson, Brad Jacobs vs Glenn Howard and Niklas Edin vs Ross Paterson.