Local favourite Gushue falls to McEwen

Local favourite Gushue falls to McEwen, Manitoba’s Mike McEwen vanquished neighborhood most loved Brad Gushue 8-4 in Sunday’s initial draw at the Tim Hortons Brier.

It was McEwen’s second win of the round robin while Gushue tumbled to 1-1.

“As we got a tiny bit behind, the execution simply wasn’t there,” Gushue said. “It was recently messy. It was one of those amusements where it didn’t feel like it was there. So we’ll shake it off, you’re most likely not going to experience this undefeated.

“Mike will beat a great deal of groups and we’ll regroup. It’s not a major ordeal. It’s unquestionably disillusioning however we can bounce back from this.”

Gushue tossed a flawless amusement in his opening triumph over Alberta on Saturday evening. The front end was solid for the St. John’s group Sunday yet Gushue slipped to 82 for every penny and third Mark Nichols was at 76 for every penny.

McEwen, then, completed at 88 for each penny. His in-off for three focuses in the eighth end hushed the close limit swarm at Mile One Center.

“We had a smart thought going into toward the beginning of today what we would need to do,” McEwen said. “We could keep the group somewhat calmer. It got loud in the primary half however we calmed them down in the second.”

Canada’s Kevin Koe joined McEwen at 2-0 after a 6-4 win over Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario. In the other early recreations, Saskatchewan’s Adam Casey crushed Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher 11-5 and Ontario’s Glenn Howard beat John Morris of British Columbia 5-3.

Two more draws were planned for later Sunday. Round-robin play proceeds through Friday morning and the award diversions are set for next Sunday.

Updated: March 6, 2017 — 6:09 am

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