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PEI's Brett Gallant playing for gold at World Curling Championship

Fans watch Team Canada and Sweden in the 1-2 page playoff draw during of the World Men's Curling Championship at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton Friday Unbeaten Canada punches ticket to world men's curling final
Manuel Armenta | 20 Abril, 2017, 04:57

The Swedish skip was heavy with final throws in the second and third ends but nailed a lovely double takeout in the fifth for a blank.

Gushue raised his arms in triumph as his final stone approached the hogline before hitting the Swedish rock for the victory.

The Canadians swept the all-star awards and became the first rink to go undefeated at this event since Winnipeg's Kerry Burtnyk in 1995.

Gushue is the first skip to win gold medals at the world juniors (2001), Winter Olympics (2006) and the world men's championship.

"It's awesome", Gushue said.

There's no rest for the world's best, however.

In the second, Gushue played safe with the take out scoring one and taking a 1-0 lead.

"We were still behind the whole game, and we needed to get something good to happen for us and we didn't do that", Edin said.

Both teams now sit at 8-3 in the tournament.

Geoff Walker of Canada topped all leads at 92 per cent, one percentage point ahead of Michael Goodfellow of Scotland and three up on Christoffer Sundgren of Sweden.

Gushue ran the table in the round robin to lock up the first seed and hammer in the 1-2 game.

Gushue provided an emphatic fist pump after nailing a double takeout for another blank in the eighth.

P.E.I. native Brett Gallant is hoping for another big win Sunday night in Edmonton playing for Team Canada in the World Curling Championship's gold medal game. Gushue executed another excellent double takeout to sit three counters.

After the fifth end the scores were 2-2 but the breakthrough came in the ninth when Gushue drew his last stone into the house to score two points and take a 4-2 lead. "And this team, we're world champions after all the work we've put in over the last couple years". Gushue won his seventh career Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling title at the Meridian Canadian Open in January defeating (guess again) Edin in the final.

Gushue, skip of unbeaten Canada, said: "We played well". "Now we have to try and learn how to beat the very best". He defeated 2016 world champion Kevin Koe in the final of the Tim Hortons Brier last month.