Mike McEwen was a win away from ending Saskatchewan's long drought at the Montana's Brier, but it was Newfoundland's Brad Gushue and Team Canada claiming a third title in a row with a 9-5 victory in nine ends on Sunday night at the Brandt Centre in Regina.

Canada scored two in the second end and three in the fourth as they jumped out to a 5-2 lead at the break. McEwen got two back in the sixth to make it 5-4, but Gushue scored two in the seventh, forced McEwen to one in the eighth, and picked up two more in the ninth to wrap up a record sixth Brier championship as a skip.

McEwen, Colton Flasch and Kevin and Daniel Marsh were the first team from Saskatchewan to play in a Brier final since Brad Heidt in 1995. Saskatchewan hasn't won a Canadian men's curling championship since Rick Folk and his team did in 1980.

Gushue, Mark Nichols, E.J. Harnden and Geoff Walker will represent Canada at the World Men's Curling Championship in Switzerland this month and will return to next year's Brier in Kelowna.

Oilers blank Penguins to wrap up road swing

Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists and Darnell Nurse scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 on Sunday. Calvin Pickard made 41 stops for his second shutout of the season as the Oilers closed out a four-game road trip.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov had two goals and a helper each as the Carolina Hurricanes routed the Calgary Flames 7-2. Winnipeg hosts Washington as part of a four-game NHL schedule tonight.

Rush fall to Bandits in OT

Tehoka Nanticoke scored with 9:38 left in overtime as the Buffalo Bandits edged the Saskatchewan Rush 15-14 at KeyBank Center on Friday. Robert Church had six goals and eight points for the Rush (4-6), who host the New York Riptide in their next game on Saturday.

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