All that stood between Team Saskatchewan and the Championship Pool was one shot, a double that set up wonderfully to Matt Dunstone’s eye on Thursday at the Tim Hortons Brier in Calgary.
“Those are the shots you live for — in-turn bullet down the centre line. One of my favourite ones,” said Dunstone, the 25-year-old Kamloops resident and Saskatchewan skipper. “I was pretty happy on Scotty’s (Nova Scotia fourth Scott McDonald) last one when the rocks spilled everywhere and I saw that’s what we had."
It was his last rock in the 10th end and Dunstone knew it was good upon delivery.
“I was licking my chops," he said. "Boys swept it perfect.”
The double connected and Nova Scotia ran out of rocks, leaving Saskatchewan with a 7-5 victory and a spot in the Championship Pool.
Team Saskatchewan curling percentages from the Draw 17 matchup: Dunstone (83 per cent), third Braeden Moskowy (79 per cent), second Kirk Muyres (83 per cent) and lead Dustin Kidby (99 per cent).
Four teams from Pool B — Wild Card 2 (Kevin Koe, 7-1), Canada (Gushue, 6-2), Ontario (Epping, 6-2) and Saskatchewan (6-2) — have qualified for the Championship Pool, which begins on Friday.
The four Pool A qualifiers have not yet been finalized, with one scheduled draw remaining on Thursday night.
After Championship Pool play, the top three teams will advance to the playoffs, with the top seed earning a bye to the final.
Saskatchewan has not won the Brier since 1980.