Defending champion Brad Gushue has suffered his first loss at the 2018 Canadian men’s curling championship, falling 10-7 to Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher in Wednesday’s morning draw.
Bottcher’s Edmonton rink scored three in the ninth end. Wielding the hammer in the 10th, Gushue and his defending Brier championship rink from St. John’s, N.L., couldn’t come up with the big end necessary to recover.
The result created a tie atop Pool A at 5-1 between Gushue, Bottcher and wild-card entry Mike McEwen of Winnipeg.
McEwen joined the leaders with a 6-2 win over Newfoundland and Labrador. Skip Greg Smith and his St. John’s team fell to 1-5.
Canada 7 Newfoundland * Labrador 2