Rachel Homan Kaitlyn Lawes Brad Gushue Kevin Koe PointsBet Invitational

FREDERICTON — Top-seeded Brad Gushue took an 8-4 victory over Nicholas Deagle in first-round action at the PointsBet Invitational on Thursday.

The two-time Olympic curling medalist opened the game with a three-point lead before eventually taking a 6-1 lead after the fourth.

After Deagle scored two in the fifth end, followed by two scoreless matches for both sides, Gushue’s side added a two-point eighth end to lead 8-3. Deagle scored one more run before the game ended.

In the draw of other men, Kevin Koe opened his tournament as fourth seed with a strong 13-4 victory over Jack Smeltzer. No. 5 Reid Carruthers defeated Braden Calvert 11-2, while John Epping also triumphed with a 7-4 victory over Mike McEwen.

Earlier in the day, Rachel Homan jumped out to a five point early lead and rolled to a comfortable 8-4 win over Suzanne Birt.

Homan, who is fourth on a team now skipped by third Tracy Fleury, threw 89 percent in the first round win over Willie O’Ree Place.

Kaitlyn Lawes defeated Emily Deschenes 10-8 and Kristie Moore, filling in absent skip Casey Scheidegger, defeated Kerry Galusha 8-7.

Penny Barker scored three points in the 10th end for a 10-9 win over Hollie Duncan in the only early upset.

The game continues through Sunday.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 22, 2022.

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