Gushue beats Howard to remain undefeated

Jason Simmonds
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SUMMERSIDE – The Brad Gushue rink from St. John’s, N.L., improved to 3-0 (won-lost) here at the 2014 Players’ Championship on Thursday morning.

Brad Gushue improved to 3-0 at the 2014 Players’ Championship curling event at Eastlink Arena on Thursday morning.

Gushue, who is joined by third stone Brett Gallant of Charlottetown, second stone Adam Casey of Seven Mile Bay and lead Geoff Walker trimmed Glenn Howard 7-1 in six ends.

The turning point in the game came in the fourth end, when Gushue scored three with last-rock advantage to break a 1-1 tie and go ahead 4-1. Gushue would steal a single point in the fifth and a deuce in six.

Howard fell to 1-2.

In the other men’s morning game, Sweden’s Niklas Edin scored three in the first end and stole back-to-back singles over the next two ends en route to a 7-2 decision over Sven Michel of Switzerland. The result left Edin at 2-1 while Michel is 0-3.

In women’s action, Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland remained perfect at 3-0 with a 6-5 win over Julie Hastings (0-3). Tirinzoni scored a single point in the final eighth end.

Michele Jaggi of Switzerland outlasted Stefanie Lawton 8-5 to get in the win column. Both rinks are now 1-2.

The Crystal Webster rink from Calgary, which includes second stone Geri-Lynn Ramsay of Summerside, scored a single point with the hammer in an extra end to edge Heather Nedohin 5-4. Webster is now 2-1 while Nedohin dropped to 0-3.

Thursday draws are also scheduled for 1, 5 and 8:30 p.m.

Geographic location: Switzerland, Charlottetown, Sweden Calgary Summerside

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