Team Brad Gushue and Team Brad Jacobs are men’s finalists at the Pinty’s Grand slam of Curling today at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
They will contest the men’s Tier I championship at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Gushue’s team from St. John’s,N.L. continued its unbeaten string at the event by advancing to the final with a 6-3 victory over Calgary’s Team Kevin Koe in one of two Tier I men’s semifinal matches on Saturday evening.
Gushoe dodged a bullet with a 2-0 lead when Koe missed a low-odds raise takeout with his last delivery and Gushue counting two in the house.
Jacobs cruised to a 7-3 victory over previously unbeaten Team Brendan Bottcher from Edmonton.
The all-Canadian semifinal was the result of quarter-final matches earlier on Saturday.
Bottcher ousted Winnipeg’s Team Mike McEwen 6-2, while Jacobs defeated Team Glenn Howard 6-2, Koe dispatched Teram John Shuster from the U.S. 6-1 and Gushue edged Team Niklas Edin of Sweden 4-3.
Gushue’s game turned on Edin’s missed raise takeout try in the sixth end, allowing Gushue to take a 3-1 lead.
Team Kerri Einarson from Gimli, Man and Team Anna Hasselborg of Sweden are women’s finalists. There game is at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Einarson eliminated Japan’s Team Satsuki 7-4, while Hasselborg topped Team Nina Roth of the U.S. 8-5.
Einarson’s Canadian foursome was the only one of four Canadian teams to advance to the semifinals. Her team edged Swiss Team Silvana Tirinzoni 6-5, while Team Hasselborg defeated Team Kelsey Rosque 7-3.
The Tier II finalists have also been determined.
Team Min Ji Kim from South Korea is in the women’s final against Team Jasstyn Murphy of Mississauga, Ont. at 12:30 p.m., while Team Korey Dropkin from the U.S. will face Team Tanner Horgan of Winnipeg at 4:30 p.m.
Skip Brad Gushue delivers a stone against Team Edin on Saturday. (Goodwin photo)