Brad Gushue and his St. John’s rinkmates saw their modest Grand Slam of Curling win streak end over the weekend in Truro, N.S., with a 4-2 loss to Niklas Edin’s Swedish rink in the quarter-final round of the Canadian Beef Masters.
Gushue, Mark Nichols, Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker had won the Champions Cup, the final Grand Slam event of the 2017-18 season, and opened the 2018-19 campaign with a victory in the Elite 10, another Grand Slam, in Chatham, Ont.
But after going 3-1 in the preliminary round in Truro, Gushue and Co. found themselves up against Edin, who might be described as an arch-rival.
The Gushue rink had defeated Edin and the Swedes in the 2017 world men’s championship, with Edin winning a 2018 rematch in the same event. As well, Gushue had been the defending Masters champion, having defeated Edin in last year’s competition in Lloydminster, Sask.
Ontario’s John Epping would go on to with the men’s title at this year’s masters, defeating Alberta’s Kevin Koe in the final, while Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg successfully defended her women’s crown in the event, downing Rachel Homan Sunday.