Brad Gushue from Newfoundland and Labrador wins Tim Hortons Brier

Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador defeated Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher 7-3 on Sunday night to win the Tim Hortons Brier.

After forcing Bottcher to draw for a single in the ninth end, Gushue made a hit for the win in the 10th.

It was Gushue’s third Canadian title in four years. Bottcher has lost three straight Brier finals.

Gushue and teammates Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker will represent Canada at the March 28-April 5 world men’s curling championship in Glasgow, Scotland.

The final was a rematch of the 2018 championship in Regina. Gushue beat Bottcher 6-4 that year to defend the title he won on home ice in St. John’s.

Bottcher, a native of Sherwood Park, Alta., and teammates Darren Moulding, Brad Thiessen and Karrick Martin lost last year’s final to Kevin Koe.

Alberta was the first seed at the Leon’s Centre after finishing the championship round at 10-1. Newfoundland and Labrador was seeded third at 8-3.

Bottcher’s team seemed a little off from the start of the final. Alberta gave up a rare steal when Bottcher flashed a stone in the opening end and he ticked a guard in the second to set up a force.

His woes continued in the third end when a rubbed guard set up Gushue for a double-takeout for three points.

Newfoundland and Labrador kept the pressure on in the fourth by forcing Bottcher to draw against four. The Alberta skip ticked a stone and just rolled in as Gushue took hammer with a 4-2 lead.

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