Brad Gushue and his team from the Bally Haly and Re/Max Centre curling clubs went 1-3 at the Meridian Canadian Open, a World Curling Tour Grand Slam event which finished up Sunday in Camrose, Alta.
It was the final event for Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Galant and Geoff Walker before the Tim Hortons Brier March 3-11 in Regina, Sask.
The Gushue foursome entered the Canadian Open as the defending champions.
Team Gushue beat South Korea’s Chang Min-Kim, but lost to Peter De Cruz of Switzerland, Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen and Kevin Koe of Calgary, whose team is off to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The provincial men’s championship opens next Monday at the Re/Max Centre in St. John’s, but Gushue will not be competing. That’s because he has a free entry into the Brier after winning the 2017 Canadian men’s championship.
The team will be taking a couple of weeks off before reconvening for practice prior to heading for Regina.