Gushue through to Canadian Open quarter-finals

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Jacobs defeats Casey 3-2


Brad Gushue of St. John's, N.L., scored two points in an extra end to defeat Scotland's David Murdoch 7-5 Thursday at the Canadian Open curling tournament in Yorkton, Sask.

With the win in the 'A' qualifier, Gushue advances to the men's quarter-finals of the triple elimination tournament, the third major stop on the Grand Slam of Curling circuit.

Gushue's team includes third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker. Gallant is from Charlottetown.

Murdoch drops down to the 'B' competition, but can advance to the playoffs with a win in his next match.

Elsewhere, Toronto's John Epping scored a point in the extra end to beat Winnipeg's Mike McEwen 6-5. Epping next faces Calgary's Kevin Koe in the second 'A' qualifier, with the loser getting another chance to advance to the quarter-finals in a 'B' competition qualifier against Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Jacobs advanced to the B finals with a 3-2 win over Seven Mile Bay's Adam Casey. The Casey rink includes third David Mathers, second Anson Carmody and lead Robbie Doherty.

McEwen next plays Sweden's Niklas Edin in the 'B' competition.

Edmonton's Brendan Bottcher advanced to the next round of 'B' competition with a 9-3 win over Sven Michel of Switzerland.

Bottcher next plays American John Shuster, who edged Brier champion Pat Simmons of Calgary 7-6. Simmons next plays Michel in a must-win 'C' competition match.


Organizations: Canadian Open

Geographic location: St. John's, Scotland, Yorkton, Sask. Charlottetown Toronto Winnipeg Calgary Sault Ste. Marie Sweden Edmonton Switzerland

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