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Gushue rink wins Masters of Curling spiel

Brad Gushue made a draw for two in the seventh end, and hung on in the eighth for the win as the St. John’s-based team won its first World Curling Tour event of the 2014-15 season in Selkirk, Man.Gushue and Co. defeated Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen 8-6 in the Masters of Curling, a Grand Slam event on the Tour. It was Gushue’s second career Grand Slam win.

It was also the first win for the new-look Gushue team, which saw long-time third Mark Nichols rejoin the squad last summer, a team which also includes holdovers Brett Gallant at second and lead Geoff Walker.

“We’ve been scrapping out games,” Gushue told “I wouldn’t say we’ve been dominant, I think we’re playing strategic games. We’re making some key shots than anything, to be honest with you.

“It hasn’t been dominant, but it’s been successful and hopefully we can step it up because I know we can play better. But the key is we’ve got to keep making the timely shots we’ve been making.”

It appeared the game was all but over in the fifth end when Gushue scored four. But McEwen, with last shot, scored four of his own in the sixth end on a triple-raise takeout, after Gushue hogged his last shot.

The Gushue team, which curls out of Bally Haly Golf and Curling Club in St. John’s, won $23,500 and 12 Order of Merit points.

Gushue advanced to the final with a 6-5, extra-end win over Toronto’s John Epping in semifinal play. McEwen, who entered the Masters final with a 33-2 record, crunched reigning Olympic gold medallist Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 7-2 in the other semifinal.

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