Gushue, team­mates stay red-hot on the ice

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - Sports - BY BREN­DAN MCCARTHY

ST. JOHN’S, NL — St. John’s rink’s win streak is at

20 games af­ter cap­tur­ing its sec­ond Grand Slam ti­tle of the sea­son

You can’t blame Brad Gushue and his team­mates for hat­ing to see Oc­to­ber end.

Gushue’s St. John’s rink ran its win­ning streak to 20 games Sun­day, de­feat­ing Nik­las Edin’s Swedish four­some 8-4 in the fi­nal of the Mas­ters, a Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curl­ing event in Lloy­d­min­ster, Sask.

Gushue, third Mark Ni­chols, sec­ond Brett Gal­lant and lead Ge­off Walker are un­de­feated in Oc­to­ber, with the de­fend­ing world men’s cham­pi­ons go­ing

16-0 in win­ning three events dur­ing the month.

The run be­gan with three vic­to­ries on Oct. 1 in the play­off round of the Swiss Cup Basel (they had won their four pre­lim­i­nary-round games of the event, which be­gan Sept.

28). Gushue and Co. fol­lowed up by run­ning the ta­ble at the Stu Sells Toronto Tankard Oct. 5-9, win­ning six games in the process. A cou­ple of week­ends off didn’t cool down the hot streak as Gushue and his team­mates went 7-0 in Lloy­d­min­ster, in­clud­ing a 7-1 win over two-time world cham­pion Kevin Koe in Satur­day’s semi­fi­nal round, fol­lowed by Sun­day’s vic­tory over Edin in what was a re­match of last year’s world men’s cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

So far this sea­son, Gushue and his team­mates have a 29-3 record and three ti­tles — the rink was 7-0 in tak­ing the first Grand Slam event, the Tour Chal­lenge. Their only losses came in Septem­ber as they fin­ished 2-3 at the Shorty Jenk­ins Clas­sic, where they didn’t make the play­offs.

Over­all, Gushue’s team has outscored its op­po­nents 216111 or by an al­most a 2-1 mar­gin.

Their win Sun­day also so­lid­i­fied their lead in the World Curl­ing Tour’s team rank­ings, where Edin sits sec­ond.

Those rinks are also are 1-2 on the money earn­ings list this sea­son, with Gushue and his team­mates hav­ing ac­crued over $70,000. That doesn’t in­clude $7,500 won by Gal­lant and part­ner Jo­ce­lyn Peter­man as run­ners-up of the CanadInns mixed dou­bles cham­pi­onship, or Gushue’s share of a win­ner-take-all $200,000 at the in­au­gu­ral Ever­est Chal­lenge in Fred­er­ic­ton, N.B., where a pre-event draft meant he, Ni­chols, Gal­lant and Walker played on dif­fer­ent teams.

From left, Brad Gushue, Nark Ni­chols, Brett Gal­lant and Ge­off Walker hoist the cham­pi­onship tro­phy af­ter win­ning The Mas­ters Grand Slam of Curl­ing event Sun­day in Lloy­d­min­ster, Sask.

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