Gushue's trio edges Team Koe to capture fourth Brier Tankard
After a whirlwind winter season that included an Olympic bronze medal in Beijing just a few weeks ago, expectations were rather low for Brad Gushue's team at the Tim Hortons Brier.
It was a win that will go down in the history books. Playing a man down, Brad Gushue and his Wild Card 1 rink from St. John’s, Nfld., are Canadian curling champions for the fourth time.
Brad Gushue and Colton Flasch put on a show Saturday afternoon in front of an electric crowd at Enmax Centre. The skips traded highlight reel shots in just about every end during their 3 vs. 4 page playoff clash at the Tim Hortons Brier, highlighted by Gushue’s angle raise takeout winner in the 10th to score three and the 9-7 win.
Saturday night’s 1 vs. 2 page playoff pits Brier defending champion Brendan Bottcher and his Edmonton rink taking on four-time Canadian champion Kevin Koe’s team from Calgary in a rematch of last year’s final. Down a man due to a positive COVID-19 test, Brad Gushue’s Wild Card 1 team will meet Saskatchewan’s Colton Flasch in the 3 vs. 4 Game on Saturday afternoon.
Team Brad Gushue third Mark Nichols tested positive for COVID-19 Friday and will miss the Tim Hortons Brier playoffs. The team does not have an alternate, so they will play the rest of the way with just three players: Gushue, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker.
Brier defending champion Brendan Bottcher and his Team Canada rink will face Regina sharpshooter Matt Dunstone and his Wild Card 2 team Wednesday morning on TSN with first place in Pool A is on the line at the 2022 Tim Hortons Brier.
Matt Dunstone's Regina-based rink remained unbeaten at 6-0 after an 8-6 victory over Prince Edward Island's Tyler Smith on Tuesday afternoon. Canada's Brendan Bottcher was also perfect at 5-0 after a 10-4 rout of Yukon's Thomas Scoffin. And in the evening draw, Brad Gushue and Team Wild Card stayed perfect atop Pool B with a win over Manitoba.
Brad Gushue's Wild Card One improved to 3-0 with an 8-7 win over Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs (2-1) in Sunday's late draw. Wild Card Three's Jason Gunnlaugson (2-1) made it back-to-back victories after taking down Quebec's Michael Fournier 9-7.
It felt like a home game for Darren Moulding and his New Brunswick teammates Saturday night at the Tim Hortons Brier. Defending champion Brendan Bottcher spoiled the party.
New Brunswick’s Team James Grattan with new member Darren Moulding are pumped for Saturday night’s main event at the Tim Hortons Brier as they face Canada’s Team Brendan Bottcher – Moulding’s former team from Alberta - in one of the most anticipated Brier contests in some time after a messy, public breakup in late 2021 left Moulding without a team.
The Roaring Game will have some of its mojo back at the upcoming national men's curling championship. While not fully back to a normal pre-pandemic setup, the Tim Hortons Brier will feel more like a regular competition now that Alberta has lifted many of its COVID-19 restrictions.
The 2022 Tim Hortons Brier field is almost complete after six provinces and one territory completed their playdowns this past weekend.
The three-month curling journey inside the Calgary bubble has finally crossed the finish line. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable moments and storylines from the Calgary bubble
Brendan Bottcher won curling's version of the Battle of Alberta on Sunday night at the Canadian men's curling championship.