Gushue beats Koe to reach semi­fi­nal at Canada Cup

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Koe headed for tiebreaker; Ja­cobs earns bye to fi­nal

ESTEVAN, Sask. — Brad Gushue snapped Kevin Koe’s four-game win­ning 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) to­day. 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.

“We didn’t play very well against (Koe) to­day and that was our only bad game of the week,” said Bottcher.

“So we’re look­ing for­ward to com­ing out and play­ing again like we did tonight (in the win over Ja­cobs) and hope­fully give them a good run in the morn­ing.”

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,” Bottcher 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. In women’s ac­tion Fri­day night, Laura Walker of Ed­mon­ton (2-4) beat Chelsea Carey of Calgary (2-4) 9-8 in an ex­tra end. Al­li­son Flaxey (2-4) also topped Darcy Robert­son (1-5) 9-6.

Ear­lier Fri­day, Winnipeg’s Jen­nifer Jones and Kerri Ei­nar­son of Gimli, Man., picked up a pair of wins each to move to 5-1 and clinch spots in the play­offs.

Jones stole two in the sixth end en route to an early 7-4 win over Winnipeg’s Flaxey and later downed Schei­deg­ger’s rink 9-6.

Mean­while, Ottawa’s Rachel Ho­man beat Winnipeg’s Robert­son 7-6 and Carey 9-2 to move to 4-2.

The women’s fi­nal round-robin draw wraps up early to­day be­fore the semis in the evening.

Canada’s Mor­ris strug­gling at World Cup mixed dou­bles

OMAHA, Neb. — In mixed dou­bles ac­tion, Ottawa na­tive John Mor­ris and Ka­lynn Park of Ed­mon­ton fell 9-6 to Malin Wen­del and Fabian Wing­fors of Swe­den on Fri­day. The Cana­di­ans are sec­ond-last in Group A with four points at the sec­ond World Cup of the sea­son.

In the morn­ing draw, Mor­ris and Park lost 7-4 to Jenny Per­ret and Martin Rios of Switzer­land.

The pre­lim­i­nary round con­cludes to­day, with the fi­nals go­ing on Sun­day.


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