Brad Gushue (left) throws skip rock but lets Russ Howard call the shots. (CP Photo/Andrew Vaughan)
WebPosted Wed, 01 Feb 2006 02:32:29 EST
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Gushue, from St. John’s, clubbed Kelowna’s Jim Cotter 8-3 in eight ends at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops, B.C., but later lost 7-5 to Bob Ursel of Kelowna.
Gushue, who throws skip rock but defers the shot-calling to former world champion Russ Howard at second, stole singles in the third, fourth and fifth ends before clinching the victory over Cotter with four points in the eighth.
But he struggled in the nightcap versus Ursel, who, earlier, lost 6-5 on a steal of one in the 10th to the defending champion Kevin Martin.
Martin, from Edmonton, is the lone unbeaten rink in Section B.
Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont., dispatched Edmonton’s Mark Johnson 9-4 in eight ends and Brad Heidt of Kerrobert, Sask., 5-3 to grab top spot in Section A at 2-0.
Randy Ferbey’s Edmonton rink eked out an 8-7 victory over Heidt.
John Morris, the two-time world junior champion who curls out of Calgary, disposed of Regina’s Glen Despins 5-3.
In women’s play, Edmonton’s Cathy King parlayed steals of two in both the fourth and eighth ends into a 9-7 win over reigning national champion Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg.
Jones later fell 7-6 to Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie, a 13-7 loser to Jan Betker.
Betker, from Regina, scored five points in the second and four more in the eighth in sinking Sonnenberg to top Section B with Sandy Comeau of Moncton, who rallied for two in the ninth and one in the 10th in a 6-5 win over Shannon Kleibrink of Calgary.
Kleibrink, also headed to the Torino Olympic Winter Games, rebounded by scoring two in the 10th in a 7-6 win over Winnipegger Janet Harvey.
Both rinks sit at 1-1, same as Sonnenberg.
Kelowna’s Kelly Scott downed Heather Strong of St. John’s 5-2 and later scraped by King 8-6 in 11 ends to lead Section B with a 2-0 record.
The Page playoff system will be employed at the completion of the round robin, whereby first-place finishers face each other, with the winner moving directly to the final and the loser to the semifinal.
Those two rinks finishing second in their respective groups also meet, with the winner eliminating the loser and advancing to the semis.
CBC Sports will broadcast both championship matchups, with the women’s final played Saturday (12 p.m. ET) and the men’s final on Sunday (12 p.m. ET).
with files from CP Online