Howard power

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

HALIFAX -- One more win and Russ Howard will turn 50 in Torino while playing New Zealand at the Olympic Winter Games.

One more win.

"I don't want to think about it until Sunday but I'm thinking about it now,'' said Brad Gushue, the former world junior champion who added Howard to his team as a fifth and promoted him to second/skip.

"I talked to my mom and said I'm already thinking about it 10 minutes after the game.''

Gushue and his Newfoundland rink with ringer Howard, ended up going 8-1 for the round-robin and is through to Sunday's final.

"Gosh, we've got to find a bonspiel somewhere to play between now and Sunday,'' said Howard.

"Waiting until Sunday is going to be the hard part. But if we play one more game like that ...''

Gushue shot 90% in a 7-4 win over John Morris of Calgary to decide first place and the bye to the final.

Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg and Morris will play in tonight's semifinal.

Morris totally fell apart here yesterday.

Coming into the day at 6-1, his Calgary crew led Glenn Howard 5-2 at the fifth end break and lost 8-6 in an extra end, giving up a steal of one on the ninth and 10th and giving up two in the 11th.

Against Gushue last night, he missed everything in sight, curling 45% after five ends and ending up at 60% when they shook hands after nine.

"We usually do it the hard way,'' said Morris, who lost his usual game to Randy Ferbey (he's 1-15 lifetime) then rocked and rolled his way to yesterday when the wheels started to come off.

He ended up at 6-3 with Stoughton winning his last three games to finish second at 7-2.

Stoughton has played in the shadow of the two young skips all week, but at the end of the round robin led all skips in shooting percentage at 89% with third John Mead topping his position, also at 89%.

Howard, throwing second rocks for Gushue and holding the broom, was third at his position at 86%.

As he left the rink here last night, Howard decided maybe it was a good thing they don't play again until Sunday.

"The young guys need a rest,'' he said.


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