Gushue advances to final at Pan Continental Curling Championship

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Canada’s Brad Gushue downed Japan’s Riku Yanagisawa 8-2 on Saturday within the males’s semifinal of the Pan Continental Curling Championships.

Gushue from St. John’s, N.L., will tackle third-seed Byeongjin Jeong of South Korea in Sunday’s gold-medal recreation.

The South Koreans defeated second-seed Korey Dropkin of the United States 9-6 to lock up a spot within the event’s final.

Gushue had a 6-1 round-robin document whereas Japan had misplaced its first 4 video games, solely to string collectively three wins to squeak in because the playoffs’ fourth seed.

Japan conceded after the eighth finish when Canada stole a single level.

“The approach the ice is, it’s type of deteriorating as the sport goes. It’s crucial at the start of the sport to get these rocks into place, and if you may get a lead, you possibly can management it within the second half,” mentioned Gushue.

“If you have got to play these finesse pictures within the second half, they are much more durable. We’ve been fairly aggressive within the first half of video games to try to get a lead after which simply maintain on.”

Einarson falls to Japan in semis

Kerri Einarson’s crew from Gimli, Man., misplaced 6-5 to Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa on Saturday afternoon because the Canadian squad could not get their rocks in the fitting spot within the final two ends.

“Just not the end that we needed in 9 or 10, We simply did not get our rocks in the fitting spot, they usually did,” mentioned Canadian vice-skip Val Sweeting. “It was actually shut and we fought exhausting.”

Skip Einarson, Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and lead Briane Harris tried a skinny angle elevate on their final shot of the sport with hopes of scoring the one level wanted for the win. The raised stone linked with one in all Japan’s counters however did not stick across the four-foot, which gave Japan the steal and the win.

The loss places Canada into Sunday’s bronze-medal recreation towards top-seeded Team Tabitha Peterson of the United States.

Japan will tackle fourth-seed Team South Korea’s Team Seungyoun Ha within the gold-medal recreation on Sunday. South Korea defeated the U.S. 11-4 within the second semifinal recreation.

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