Gushue hits a bit of a bump on the ice

St. John’s rink suf­fers first losses of young sea­son at Corn­wall, Ont., event

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Brad Gushue and his world cham­pi­onship team from the Bally Haly Golf and Coun­try Club in St. John’s were 1-2 head­ing into play Fri­day night at the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenk­ins Clas­sic, a World Curl­ing Tour stop in Corn­wall, Ont.

Gushue, Mark Ni­chols, Brett Gal­lant and Ge­off Walker have been busy through the early go­ing of the 2017-18 sea­son. The Shorty Jenk­ins marks the fourth straight week­end the curlers have com­peted, start­ing with the Ever­est Curl­ing Chal­lenge in Fred­er­ic­ton, N.B., Aug. 25-27, the Canad Inns Mixed Dou­bles Clas­sic Sept. 1-3 in Win­nipeg and the Grand Slam of Curl­ing Tour Chal­lenge last week­end in Regina, Sask.

The Gushue four­some won the Tour Chal­lenge, go­ing 6-0. In Fred­er­ic­ton, Gushue, and his spe­cially-drafted team of Cathy Over­ton, E.J. Harn­den and Lisa Wea­gle won the $200,000 top prize at the Ever­est Chal­lenge.

In Corn­wall, Team Gushue split a pair of games Thurs­day, beat­ing Joel Re­tor­naz of Italy 9-7 be­fore drop­ping an 8-7 ex­tra end de­ci­sion to vet­eran Glenn Howard of On­tario.

Fri­day, Gushue gave up a steal of one in the eighth end to lose 6-5 to Kyle Smith of Perth, Scot­land. The New­found­land rink was set to play Codey Maus of London, Ont., on Fri­day night.

GRAND SLAM OF CURL­ING/ANIL MUNGAL Af­ter go­ing un­de­feated in win­ning last week­end’s Tour Chal­lenge Grand Slam event, Brad Gushue (left) and Mark Ni­chols are spend­ing a lit­tle more time try­ing to fig­ure out the com­pe­ti­tion in Corn­wall, Ont., at the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenk­ins Clas­sic. The Gushue lost two of its first three games at the World Curl­ing Tour stop.

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