It was another Brier to remember for Brad Gushue.
He and his rink representing Team Canada won their second Brier in a row, taking down Brendan Bottcher out of Alberta with a draw to the button for a 6-4 win.
Gushue says his draw to the button for the win was something every curler hopes can happen.
“That’s what you dream about, and to make it is even better especially after I only hit eight-foot last year,” Gushue says. “(I) felt really good on the throw, obviously Brett (Gallant) and Geoff (Walker) sweeping that, you just can’t throw it heavy, and they judged it to perfection.”
Gushue also talked about having control of the game.
“That second deuce really made us feel comfortable. I knew they weren’t going to back away, and then all of a sudden, in nine and ten, when they get the deuce, and then all of a sudden, they get a centre guard up, the screws start tightening up a bit,” Gushue says. “I still felt like we were going to have that draw to the button there the whole time, or a four-foot double. I was going to have a shot to win, it was just a matter of making sure I controlled my emotions and executed that shot.”
Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher says despite the loss, he is proud of the way his team played all week.
“This was a great week for us, it was just amazing,” Bottcher says. “To see Brad (Gushue) draw to the button, I think that was a success for us, and hat’s off to them, it was perfect.”
Gushue’s rink will now move onto the World stage, as the World Men’s Curling Championship takes place in Las Vegas starting March 31st.