LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Brad Gushue clinched first place in Pool B on the Tim Hortons Brier with an extra-end 6-5 win over Jason Gunnlaugson on Thursday.
The win improved Gushue’s report to 7-0 with only one draw remaining for Pool B groups.
Gushue’s Wild Card One staff trailed Gunnlaugson’s Wild Card Three squad 4-3 after eight ends. However Gushue, who received a bronze medal ultimately month’s Beijing Olympics, scored two within the ninth to take the lead.
Gunnlaugson scored one within the tenth after a measurement, however Gushue had the hammer within the additional finish and made it depend.
Gunnlaugson wrapped up the round-robin with a 5-3 report and needed to wait till after Thursday’s ultimate draw to be taught his playoff destiny.
Two different groups within the playoff hunt posted wins within the morning draw, with Manitoba’s Mike McEwen defeating Jamie Koe of the Northwest Territories 7-3 and British Columbia’s Brent Pierce cruising to a 9-2 victory over Nunavut’s Peter Mackey.
McEwen improved to 5-2, tied for second within the group with idle Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario, whereas Pierce upped his report to 4-3.
The highest three groups in every group on the finish of the round-robin advance to the playoffs. Tiebreaks, if vital, will likely be held Friday earlier than the beginning of the playoffs.
Additionally Thursday morning, Quebec thumped Nova Scotia 14-6. Each groups had been at 3-4 and out of the playoffs.
The ultimate Group A draw was scheduled for Thursday afternoon.