Brad Gushue's Team N.L. earns Brier title with electrifying win in front of hometown crowd

Brad Gushue made history by drawing for one point — and the win — with the last rock of the final end in a stunning finale to the tournament.

Mile One crowd erupts as Team N.L. delivers long-awaited title

Newfoundland and Labrador skip Brad Gushue and third Mark Nichols celebrate after defeating Team Canada 7-6 to win the Tim Hortons Brier at Mile One Centre on Sunday night. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

Team Newfoundland and Labrador are the 2017 Tim Hortons Brier champs, fulfilling a career-long dream for skip Brad Gushue and his rink. 

Team N.L — skip Brad Gushue, third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant, and lead Geoff Walker — beat Kevin Koe's Team Canada 7-6 at Mile One Centre on Sunday night.

It's the first Brier title, in 14 appearances, for Gushue, who drew for one point — and the win — with the last rock of the final end in an electrifying finale to the tournament.

"I threw that a little lighter than what I wanted, but when it was coming down, it looked like it was always going to be there, and it only got there by a little bit," he said after the victory.

"To make a shot to win the Brier, and to hear this crowd, just incredible. It's been a special week."

2017 Tim Hortons Brier champion skip Brad Gushue speaks to the media after beating Team Canada 7-6. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

Gushue credited his team for working hard for the victory, and praised Koe as a tough opponent.

"The shot he made six for three was incredible," he said. "He didn't miss much coming down the stretch."

Gushue threw his broom in the air as a full house in the St. John's stadium erupted in applause in the final moments of the game. 

The match saw Gushue's and Koe's rinks trading punches throughout, matching each other shot for improbable shot.

Team N.L. struck first with three points in the second end, but Koe took one in the fourth. Gushue drew for two in the fifth, but Team Canada landed a triple takeout in the sixth end to pull within one point of N.L. and then tied it at 5-5 in the seventh.

Team Newfoundland and Labrador skip Brad Gushue celebrates with family in the stands after beating Team Canada 7-6. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

The teams traded singles in the eighth and ninth ends and heading for the final end tied 6-6, setting the stage for the dramatic victory that sent the Mile One crowd into a frenzy.

Rematch from last year

The Brier finale was a rematch between Koe and Gushue, two longtime rivals who squared off in last year's final, with Koe coming out on top for his third tankard.

The Gushue rink sailed into the Brier finale on Friday night, with Koe earning a berth on Saturday. 

Track the match in our live blog, which provided stone-by-stone coverage of the championship game.