In sports like curling, chances at redemption can sometimes be few and far between, unless you’re Brendan Bottcher.
After making it to the finals in the last two consecutive Briers, but coming home empty handed, the Team Alberta skip once again finds himself one win away from a national championship.
On Saturday afternoon, Bottcher defeated Matt Dunstone’s Saskatchewan rink 9-4, securing himself a spot in his third straight Brier final. Despite the fact that Bottcher’s rink is just one win away from their first championship, the 28-year-old hopes to curb the team’s emotions.
“We’ve got to try and reduce how big of a moment we’re in, and try and just make it another curling game,” Bottcher said.
Having appeared in the last two finals, Team Bottcher will arrive at Sunday’s game with a strong understanding of what it feels like to play on such a big stage.
“[We’ve] been in that situation twice now, it’s really not new for us anymore. We’ve just got to go out there and do our thing.”
Bottcher knows exactly what it feels like to come so close yet walk away empty handed. This year he is hoping to take the lessons learned over the last Briers and translate them into a national title.
“The last couple years it’s been hard because we didn’t really know what it was going to feel like at the end, this year we know what it’s going to feel like right down to the very last shot.”
While team Bottcher’s opponent on Sunday night is still unknown, the rink can rest assured knowing they have beat every team left in the competition.
If Bottcher is to claim victory on Sunday night, he would mark the first skip not named Koe or Gushue to win the title since 2015.
The Championship Game at the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier goes Sunday night at 7 at the Leon’s Centre.