The Brier champions from last year did it again on the prairies last night in Regina's Brandt Centre.

Team Canada, led by Newfoundland and Labrador's Brad Gushue, defeated Team Alberta 6-4 in 10 ends to win their second Brier Tankard in a row.

Gushue and his rink made up of third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker were the first to take the lead in the championship final, and they never looked back. Once they went up 2-0 a couple ends into the final, there was no looking back.

 

Although, Team Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher and his crew consisting of third Darren Moulding, second Brad Thiessen and lead Karrick Martin made it a nailbiter towards the end.

Bottcher never gave Team Canada the opportunity to go too far ahead. The largest lead Canada held was 4-1 around the halfway point of the championship.

In the 10th end, down 5-4 and Team Canada holding the hammer, Team Alberta played a clever strategy with a rock closest to the centre protected by a couple rocks. Gushue needed to place his last rock perfectly in order to solidify the championship.

If there was anyone who was able to pull off the perfect shot, it would be the pride of Newfoundland.

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Team Canada congratulating Team Alberta before celebrating their 2nd championship. In their round robin matchup earlier in the tournament, Team Alberta defeated Team Canada 10-7. (photo: Moises Canales)

 

Gushue managed to sneak his final rock past a couple guards and land it right on the button as the Brandt Centre rose to their feat and gave Gushue and his rink a standing ovation. It was at that moment when Gushue pumped his arms in the air before gathering with his teammates to celebrate their victory.

Team Canada will now prep for the men's world championships hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada this spring.

No Canadian men's team has won back-to-back world championships since Randy Ferby between 2002 and 2003.

 

 

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