CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — Brad Gushue opened up the National curling tournament on Tuesday with a 6-2 win over Scott McDonald in the opening preliminary-round draw.

McDonald, from Kingston, Ont., held a 2-1 lead through five ends, but Gushue responded with a deuce in the sixth for his first lead and held on the rest of the way.

The skip from St. John's, N..L, added a single in the seventh and two more in the eighth to secure the victory on Day 1 of the third stop on the Grand Slam of Curling circuit.

Also, Calgary's Kevin Koe defeated Regina's Matt Dunstone 6-4 when he scored two in an extra end.

On the women's side, Team Scheidegger beat Winnipeg's Kerri Einarson 8-6 after scoring a deuce in an extra end.

Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones was edged 6-5 by Japan's Satsuki Fujisawa and Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni doubled up Sweden's Isabella Wrana 6-3.

Round-robin play continues on Wednesday. The quarterfinals and semifinals are Saturday followed by the championship draws on Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 10, 2019.