Team Gushue and Team Jones Sweep Up at the Masters in Lloydminster
– Boost National, the third Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event of the season, begins November 14 in Sault Ste. Marie, ON –
– Live coverage of the Boost National begins November 16 on Sportsnet –
LLOYDMINSTER, SK/AB (October 29, 2017) Bringing six days of world-class competition to a close at the Centennial Civic Centre, Team Gushue (St. John’s, NL) and Team Jones (Winnipeg) have captured the Masters titles in Lloydminster.
In men’s competition, Team Gushue collected their ninth Grand Slam title Sunday afternoon with an 8-4 victory over defending Masters champion Team Edin (Karlstad, Sweden). With the win, Team Gushue takes home $30,000 of the $125,000 men’s purse.
“It’s nice to win the original ones,” said skip Brad Gushue. “It was a good week and we had fun. We obviously built as the week went on. We weren’t necessarily playing really well, but last night against Kevin [Koe] and today against Niklas [Edin], I felt like we played really well and that’s a good sign.”
In women’s action, 2014 Winter Olympic gold medallist Team Jones captured their first career Masters title following a 6-5 win over Tour Challenge Tier II champion Team Einarson (Winnipeg). Along with the title, Team Jones collects $30,000 of the $125,000 women’s purse and secures a spot in the Humpty’s Champions Cup in Calgary.
“It feels amazing. We just love playing in the Slams and felt we had a really great event, so it was nice to end with a win,” said skip Jennifer Jones. “The events are so hard so I was really happy with how we performed. We had a couple rocky moments, but came through with a big shot when we needed it. All-in-all, I’m pretty happy and it’s nice to qualify for the Champions Cup.”
The next event of the 2017-18 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season is the Boost National, which kicks off on Tuesday, November 14 at the Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. The third of seven events on the Grand Slam calendar, the Boost National will feature 30 top tier men’s and women’s teams.
Additional events in the 2017-18 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series include:
· Boost National – Sault Ste. Marie, ON (November 14-19, Essar Centre)
· Meridian Canadian Open – Camrose, AB (January 16-21, Encana Arena at Camrose Recreation Centre)
· Princess Auto Elite 10 – Winnipeg, MB (March 15-18, St. James Civic Centre)
· Players’ Championship – Toronto, ON (April 10-15, Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre)
· Humpty’s Champions Cup – Calgary, AB (April 24-29, WinSport Arena, Canada Olympic Park)
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