Kevin Koe defeats Brad Gushue in Tour Challenge final
Rachel Homan's perfect run comes to an end
Calgary's Kevin Koe needed an extra end to topple Brad Gushue 6-5 in the final of the Tour Challenge in Paradise, N.L on Sunday.
Gushue, of St. John's, N.L., forced the extra end with a single in the eighth to tie the draw at 5-5. Neither skip led by more than one point, with Gushue opening the scoring with a single in the second end.
Koe downed American John Shuster 9-2 in Saturday's semifinal, while Gushue defeated Winnipeg's Mike McEwen 5-3.
Koe went 3-1 through round robin play, with his only loss coming in his opening draw against Toronto's John Epping. He won six straight draws to capture the men's crown.
"For us, it's a big win. We were in a little trouble that game, but we made the big shots we needed at the right times, and it feels great," said Koe.
"It's been an unbelievable event. One of the best Slams we've been a part of, so we're very fortunate."
Tirinzoni downs Homan
In the women's final, Rachel Homan couldn't extend her perfect run at the tournament.
Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni scored two in the eighth end to edge the Ottawa skip 6-5.
Homan got out to an early 3-0 lead in the second end and was up 5-2 before Tirinzoni came back with deuces in the seventh and eighth ends to take the victory.
Homan went undefeated at the inaugural Grand Slam of Curling event until losing to Tirinzoni in the final. She posted a 4-0 round-robin record to top the leaderboard, downed Scotland's Eve Muirhead in the quarter-finals and beat EunJung Kim of South Korea in the semis.
Tirinzoni was playing in her first career Grand Slam of Curling final. She went 2-2 in the round-robin stage before beating Edmonton's Kelsey Rocque and Tracy Fleury of Sudbury, Ont., in the quarter-finals and semifinals, respectively.
"I was working so hard to win a tournament like this, a Grand Slam. It was my dream for such a long time and I just can't believe we actually did it," said Tirinzoni.
"We never play in front of such crowds. We feel so special to be here, so privileged. And to actually win against so many good teams is unbelievable."