Ontario skip Glenn Howard delivers a rock during the 2013 Tim Hortons Brier at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., Thursday, March 7, 2013. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI Agency)
EDMONTON - The stakes in the heavyweight match were pretty simple.
Win and you’re in.
Brad Gushue of Newfoundland put up a sensational fight. In the end, though, defending Brier and world champion Glenn Howard remained undefeated at 8-0 and claimed a playoff spot with a 6-5 win. Gushue will live another day but dropped to 7-2, good for third place.
“We played a good game,” said Gushue. “We came up against a great team that played great. It seemed like every chance we got, we’d make a good shot and they’d just cap it with another good one. The ninth end was a perfect example. I made a honey of a shot and he equals it.
“It was a great curling game. It’s just unfortunate we were on the wrong side.”