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Canada’s Gushue Secures Playoff Berth with Victory over Norway at Men’s Worlds

Brad Gushue, Men's Curling Worlds, playoff spot

In a commanding display of skill, Brad Gushue and Team Canada secured a playoff berth with a convincing 7-4 victory over Magnus Ramsfjell’s Norwegian squad at the world men’s curling championship on Thursday.

Canada took an early lead, establishing a 4-2 advantage after four ends, fueled by impressive play that saw them score two points in both the second and fourth ends. They maintained their dominance throughout the match, adding single points in the sixth, seventh, and ninth ends.

Gushue, alongside his St. John’s, N.L. team consisting of Mark Nichols, E.J. Harnden, and Geoff Walker, improved their record to 8-1, solidifying their second-place position in the 13-team round-robin standings.

Nik Edin of Sweden, a six-time champion, continues to lead the pack with a flawless 9-0 record after defeating the United States 6-4 in Thursday’s morning draw.

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Reflecting on their performance against Norway, Gushue noted their improvement but stressed the need for sharper play moving forward.

“Our performance tonight was an improvement from last night, but there’s still room to elevate our game,” Gushue remarked. “Against formidable opponents like Niklas tonight, we need to minimize mistakes to stay competitive.”

Round-robin action continues through Friday night, with the top six teams advancing to the playoffs. The top two seeds secure a direct path to the semifinals, with medal matches set for Sunday.

Mark Nichols emphasized the team’s focus on securing a semifinal berth and avoiding the pressure of a qualification game.

“Our goal is to reach the semifinals,” Nichols stated. “Last year’s qualification game was intense, and we’re determined to advance directly this time around. There’s still work to be done, but we’re up for the challenge.”

Gushue, who clinched world gold in 2017, aims to improve upon last year’s silver finish in Ottawa and reclaim the top spot on the podium.

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