March 31, 2023

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Mouat, Dunstone, Gushue transfer onto Co-op Canadian Open quarterfinals

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CAMROSE, Alta. — Scotland’s Workforce Bruce Mouat, Winnipeg’s Workforce Matt Dunstone and Workforce Brad Gushue of St. John’s, N.L., all superior to the Co-op Canadian Open playoffs from the B-side of the triple knockout spherical.

Mouat made it previous Workforce Korey Dropkin from the USA 4-3, Dunstone defeated Scotland’s Workforce Ross Whyte 5-2 and Gushue grabbed a 6-5 win over Italy’s Workforce Joël Retornaz 6-5 throughout Draw 14 Friday afternoon.

All three groups enter Saturday’s quarterfinals with 3-1 information. Dunstone awaits one of many C-qualifiers whereas Mouat and Gushue will meet.

“I’m very excited to be again within the playoffs once more,” mentioned Mouat, who’s coming off of a runner-up end in final month’s WFG Masters in Oakville, Ont. “Clearly needed to an excellent run in Oakville. The final time we had been right here in 2018 we didn’t qualify, so it’s very nice to get into the playoffs on this enviornment.”

Mouat needed to make a peach of a draw towards three counters and grabbed a chunk of the button.

“I didn’t suppose I used to be going to have to try this as near the button,” Mouat mentioned. “Clearly, very good to make it. It was an excellent group shot, in all probability one of the simplest ways to complete the sport.”

After a sluggish begin to the season with second Bobby Lammie nursing a damaged hand, Workforce Mouat is in mid-season type and shot a pointy 93 per cent within the match with third Grant Hardie enjoying an ideal 100 per cent.

“We’re feeling fairly good, we’re clearly again to what our common is,” Mouat mentioned. “It’s simply good to have all of us wholesome and enjoying properly once more as a result of we didn’t begin the season off too properly. Climbing the rankings and enjoying some good curling.”

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It was a make-or-break fifth finish for Dunstone, who needed to pull off a double takeout and ship his shooter out the again so as to clean and retain the hammer. That boosted Workforce Dunstone to play a robust sixth stanza capped with a draw to the button for 3 factors and a 4-2 lead.

“We had been in numerous bother in that finish,” Workforce Dunstone third B.J. Neufeld mentioned. “Matt made a extremely good runback on his first simply to have the ability to give us an opportunity to possibly play one thing for a clean. If we quit a steal to go two down, it’s not the tip of the world and if you happen to get the clean there, particularly with the best way the tip was going, we undoubtedly acquired some momentum from that.

“So, two whole pistols from Matty, that basically modified the sport round. We took that momentum into the sixth finish, performed a extremely good finish and took management of the sport from there.”

Dunstone stole one within the seventh to construct the three-point benefit and Whyte ran out of choices, and rocks, within the eighth.

“It’s good. I believe the best way it really works, we’ll get hammer in our first playoff recreation, in order that’s at all times good to have,” Neufeld mentioned. “These spiels are tougher and tougher to get to the playoffs, so any time you may get your spot in that ultimate eight, you’re feeling fairly good and doubtless enjoying fairly good.”

The all-new group has had a stellar first half to the season profitable two titles on tour and reaching the finals in three different occasions together with the HearingLife Tour Problem.

“It’s been superior, it’s exceeded my expectations,” mentioned Neufeld, who beforehand performed with Workforce Kevin Koe and received the Brier in 2019. “I knew the opposite three guys fairly properly, so I had a sense it was going to work however you by no means actually know till you get enjoying and battling.

“I believe we’re simply having numerous enjoyable. I’ve had an incredible quantity of enjoyable this yr enjoying with these guys. … I haven’t been the oldest man on the group earlier than. They’re making me really feel a bit youthful, so it’s numerous enjoyable. It’s been a blast. It’s clearly a bonus that we’re getting some wins and enjoying properly.”

Dropkin, Whyte and Retornaz — now with 2-2 information — have one final probability to qualify by Friday night time’s C-qualifiers.

Groups should win three video games earlier than they lose three within the triple knockout.

In the meantime, Switzerland’s Workforce Yannick Schwaller eradicated Calgary’s Workforce Kevin Koe 6-3 within the C-semifinals.

Dropkin performs Winnipeg’s Workforce Reid Carruthers, Retornaz takes on Workforce Tanner Horgan from Sudbury, Ont., and Whyte faces Schwaller.


The Co-op Canadian Open continues with Draw 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. native time on Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet NOW.

NOTES: The Co-op Canadian Open is the fourth occasion of the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season with 16 of the highest males’s groups and 16 of the highest girls’s groups from around the globe at Encana Enviornment. … Triple knockout motion runs by to Saturday morning. … The quarterfinal attracts are scheduled for Saturday afternoon adopted by the semifinals within the night. Each finals are set for Sunday.

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