Gushue, Sweeting to face Morris, Lawes in mixed doubles curling playoffs
Winner of trials will represent Canada in Olympics
Brad Gushue and Val Sweeting will face John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes in the Page 1-2 playoff at the Canadian mixed doubles curling trials after picking up victories on Friday evening.
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Gushue and Sweeting toppled Mark Nichols and his partner Jennifer Jones 10-3 in the second round of the playoffs to advance.
Meanwhile, Morris and Lawes toppled Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant 7-5 for their spot in the Page 1-2 playoff.
Gushue and Sweeting lost their first two games of the trials, but rallied by winning seven of their last eight games.
"I think we're pretty good," Gushue said.
"Having said that, I don't necessarily want to play a lot of these guys out here either. I feel confident in how we played today and certainly if we can continue that into tomorrow and hopefully on Sunday we're going to have a good chance."
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Gushue and Sweeting and Morris and Lawes will play each other Saturday afternoon, with the winner advancing to Sunday's final. The winner of the championship draw will represent Canada when mixed curling doubles makes its Olympic debut next month at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
"I think no matter who you're playing in the 1-2 game it's going to be a battle," Morris said.
Do-or-die for remaining teams
Chelsea Carey and Colin Hodgson continued on their path towards the gold-medal game through the B-side of the playoffs.
The pair scored an 11-5 victory against Dana Ferguson and Brendan Bottcher to advance in the B-side playoffs, while Ferguson and Bottcher were eliminated.
Also, Jill Officer and Reid Carruthers defeated Laura Crocker and Geoff Walker 6-4 to stay alive on the B-side. Walker and Crocker are eliminated.
It will be do-or-die for the four remaining teams in the double-knockout playoffs on Saturday.
Carey and Hodgson face Jones and Nichols and Officer and Carruthers take on Peterman and Gallant.
The winning teams will advance to the Page 3-4 playoff. The winner of that will go to Saturday's semifinal against the loser of the Page 1-2 game.
The Pyeongchang Games are scheduled for Feb. 9-25.
Every draw will be live streamed on CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports app. In addition, coverage of the final two days of the event, including the playoffs and final, will be available on CBC TV as part of the Road to the Olympic Games broadcast Saturday and Sunday.
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With files from CBC Sports