Dunstone clutch in last-rock victory over Gushue at Brier

The 25-year-old Kamloops resident showed deft touch under pressure in a last-rock thriller on Monday at the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary, drawing to the button to claim a 6-5 victory over Brad Gushue and Team Canada

Team Saskatchewan skip Matt Dunstone has developed a reputation as a clutch hitter.

Evidence gleaned from the tail end of a nationally televised broadcast suggests The Sheriff can draw just fine, too.

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The 25-year-old Kamloops resident showed deft touch under pressure in a last-rock thriller on Monday at the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary, drawing to the button to claim a 6-5 victory over Brad Gushue and Team Canada.

"Bit of a revenge game," Dunstone said. "No doubt about it. Had a little fire under our belt going into that one and wanted to get a little payback for last year. Huge win. We needed that."

TSN opted not to make the clash — a rematch of the 2020 Brier semifinal in Kingston — its feature game, a decision that irked quite a few revenge-seeking folks in Saskatchewan.

Gushue bested Dunstone in the semifinal last year, a 7-6 last-rock win that preceded the Newfoundland and Labrador rink’s triumph in the gold-medal game.

Dunstone, the Winnipegger Kamloopsian who curls with Reginians, got the last laugh on Monday, with cameras breaking away from the feature game (Nova Scotia topped Quebec 9-6) to catch the big finish.

"That's pretty much why we gave up the steal in nine, knowing that's what we were going to have for the win," Dunstone said. "If you can’t draw, you can’t skip.

"With those, I just want to make sure we're giving those to the sweepers. You've got them for a reason. No sense in having them watch."

Pool B standings: Wild Card No. 2 (Koe, 5-0), Ontario (Epping, 3-1), Saskatchewan (Dunstone, 3-1), Nova Scotia (Murphy, 3-2), Quebec (Fournier, 3-2), Canada (Gushue, 2-2), Newfoundland and Labrador (Smith, 1-4), P.E.I. (MacKenzie, 0-4) and Nunavut (Mackey, 0-4).

After round-robin play, the top four teams from both Pool A and Pool B will advance to the Championship Pool, from which three playoff teams will emerge.

Saskatchewan, which includes third Braeden Moskowy, second Kirk Muyres and lead Dustin Kidby, is scheduled to play once on Tuesday, a 12:30 p.m. start against Quebec.

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