Gushue bounced

GEORGE KARRYS, SPECIAL TO SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

MISSISSAUGA -- For Kevin Martin, bad things come in threes.

Last April in Moncton, Martin lost three times to Scotland's David Murdoch, who claimed the world championship title Martin had finally earned the previous year. Yesterday afternoon at the Hershey Centre, the Edmonton skip lost for the third consecutive time this season to 2006 Olympic champion Brad Gushue and was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Grey Power World Cup of Curling.

Gushue's foursome from Newfoundland and Labrador scored an outrageous five points in the sixth end for the 8-2 win.

However, any hope of Gushue using that victory as a springboard into the final was dashed last night with a 6-4 loss to Edmonton's Kevin Koe. Glenn Howard, of Coldwater, Ont., defeated Norway's Thomas Ulsrud 5-4 in the other semi-final.

Martin, in trouble and trailing by one, missed both desperation come-around attempts. Gushue made a simple hit for the win and Martin's men immediately shook hands and stalked off the ice.

"The last three games against them, for some reason we have a confidence when we go out and play them," said Gushue. "We feel we're as good as those guys and its just a matter of going out there and performing."

Koe had whipped Niklas Edin of Sweden 8-2 in his quarterfinal, while Howard outscored Andy Kapp of Germany by an 8-5 count. Ulsrud reached the semis with an 8-2 victory over Denmark's Ulrik Schmidt.

Prior to his win streak, Gushue had lost nine consecutive matches to Martin dating back to early 2007. Four of those losses came at Grand Slam events, of which the World Cup serves as the 2010 season kickoff.

The Gushues nearly missed the playoffs altogether. After starting the event at a miserable 0-3, the squad won three games in a row and then had to watch the final round-robin draw, and hope for three distinct results.

Not only did they get what they wanted, but there weren't any tiebreakers required -- a kind of Grand Slam anomaly.

"Yeah, we were up in the stands last night, kinda hooting and hollering," Gushue grinned. "Maybe it feels like a little bit if destiny there, with three games going your way. We've never had that happen before, that was kinda neat.

"So we wanted to take advantage of that."

In the women's Three Nations Cup exhibition, Great Britain's Olympic squad, skipped by 19-year-old Eve Muirhead of Scotland defeated Saskatoon's Stefanie Lawton 7-2. China's Bingyu Wang, the defending world champions, came back from a 4-1 deficit to beat Calgary's Shannon Kleibrink, the 2006 Olympic bronze-medallist 8-7. Lawton beat Kleibrink 9-4.


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