Dunstone moves into championship pool at Brier

The championship pool picture became clearer Thursday at the Tim Hortons Brier as Canada’s Brad Gushue, Ontario’s John Epping and Saskatchewan’s Matt Dunstone advanced with afternoon victories.

They joined wild-card skips Wayne Middaugh and Kevin Koe in the final eight.

Gushue secured his spot with a 9-2 rout of Nunavut’s Peter Mackey. The defending Tim Hortons Brier champion from St. John’s, N.L., was tied in second place in Pool B with Ontario and Saskatchewan at 6-2.

Epping’s 8-4 win over Prince Edward Island’s Eddie MacKenzie wrapped up after the minimum eight ends while Dunstone held off Nova Scotia’s Scott McDonald 7-5.

Records will carry over into the two-day championship round. The top three teams will then advance to Sunday’s playoffs.

“We just accomplished step one of three ultimately,” Dunstone said. “So it doesn’t change: the arena, the rocks, everything stays the same come tomorrow.”

Dunstone will have two games Friday and Saturday before finding out if he will advance to Sunday’s playoffs.

(Canadian Press)




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