Changing of the guard: Bottcher beats Howard to claim last Olympic trials spot – CBC Sports

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — Brendan Bottcher hadn’t even been born when Glenn Howard already captured his first Brier and world championship, but on Sunday night in Summerside, P.E.I., there was a changing of the curling guard.

The 25-year-old skip from Edmonton defeated the 55-year-old curling legend to earn the final spot at the Olympic trials in Ottawa. After the game Bottcher couldn’t stop smiling.

“Amazing,” he said. “We came into this game and tried to lower our expectations. When you win and you’re in the trials it’s huge.”

It was a back and forth battle until the last shot of the game when Howard attempted to make a miracle shot to force an extra end. His rock careened off the guard, sealing the 9-5 B-Side final victory for Bottcher.

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“They only lost two games all week and those were against us. They had a great week,” Bottcher said. “And that means a lot. I think they put up on the TV here during our game he had been in six Roar of the Rings in a row.”

Howard, 55, said before the pre-trials that this would be his last attempt at making the Olympics for Canada. He will be at the Games however as a coach of Eve Muirhead’s rink.

But Bottcher, alongside third Darren Moulding, second Brad Thiessen and lead Karrick Martin now have dreams of wearing the maple leaf at the Games. 

“I expect we can win it but I don’t think anyone else thinks we can win it. And that’s big for us,” Bottcher said. 

Earlier on Sunday, John Morris guided his team to a 4-3 over victory over Bottcher in the A-Side final to book a spot in the trials. It was a back and forth game in which only…

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