Gushue, third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant were joined by another lead for the Halifax event with Geoff Walker not playing this weekend. Joel Krats, an 18-year-old junior curler from Newfoundland and Labrador who won the silver medal at the Canadian Junior Championship earlier this year, took over up front.
Team Gushue has been forced to wait a little longer than some other top rinks due to the lack of events in eastern Canada due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Two Hears Scotties Tournament regulars advanced to the women’s final as Jill Brothers of Nova Scotia won the title at home, defeating Suzanne Birt of Prince Edward Island in the final game, 9 -4. Brothers opened the game in the fifth end scoring three runs.
The Brothers team is made up of Brothers in skip, Erin Carmody in third, Sarah Murphy in second and Jennifer Brine in the lead.
The event also featured Christina Black (2-2), Colleen Jones (2-2), Melissa Adams (2-2), Tanya Hilliard (3-1, lost in the semi-final) and Theresa Breen (4- 0, lost in the semi-final).
In Saskatchewan, Colton Flasch won his first event with his new team, capturing Nutana Cash in Saskatoon.
Flasch, third Catlin Schneider, second Kevin Marsh and first Daniel Marsh put in a perfect 6-0 this weekend, beating Nathen Pomedli in the semifinals, 8-1, before edging Jason Jacobson in the final, 6- 5. Flasch scored a single in the last end for the win.
At Moose Jaw Cashspiel, Ryan Kleiter outscored Steven Howard in the championship game, 6-2, in just four ends.
Quebecer Ghislain Doyon made a 7-0 record to win the Challenge Nord-Ouest Air Creebec