Gushue makes semi­fi­nal at Canada Cup


Brad Gushue snapped Kevin Koe's four-game win streak and earned a spot in the semi­fi­nal at the Canada Cup on Fri­day.

Gushue's rink (4-2) from St. John's, N.L. topped the Cal­gary skip (4-2) in the late draw 11-6, send­ing the lat­ter to a tiebreaker against Ed­mon­ton's Bren­dan Bottcher (4-2) on Satur­day. Gushue held a tiebreaker over Koe and Bottcher with an ad­van­tage in but­ton mea­sure­ments to ad­vance to the play­offs.

“We're in the semi­fi­nals, which is good. The three-way tie, we all beat each other, and we had the best shootout, so for­tu­nately we ad­vance right to the semi­fi­nal, which is nice,” said Gushue.

“Af­ter our loss (Thurs­day) it looked like we were go­ing to have to fight our way through tiebreak­ers if to­day didn't go as well as it did, but it went per­fect and we got right to the semi so we're pretty ex­cited about it.”

Bottcher fell to Koe 10-3 on Fri­day morn­ing, but re­bounded by hand­ing Brad Ja­cobs his first loss of the tour­na­ment 7-6 in late ac­tion.

Bottcher made a last-rock dou­ble to score two and seal the vic­tory over Ja­cobs.

“It was three-quar­ters open and I just had to hit it,” he said.

“For me, it should be a pretty make­able shot, but to get to the play­offs at the Canada Cup there's a lit­tle bit more on the line. So just took an ex­tra sec­ond in the hack and made sure I nailed it.”

De­spite the de­feat, Ja­cobs (5-1) clinched first place and re­ceived a bye to the fi­nal.

Ear­lier Fri­day, Ja­cobs' rink from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., picked up its fifth win with a 7-6 vic­tory over John Ep­ping.

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