03/10/2015 04:59 EDT | Updated 05/10/2015 05:59 EDT

Brad Gushue defends comments he made about bronze medal game at the Brier

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador skip Brad Gushue said he doesn't regret his recent criticism of the bronze-medal game format used at the Tim Hortons Brier, although he admits the timing of his comments could've been better.

Gushue settled for an appearance in the third-place game at the Canadian men's curling championship after losing the semifinal to Team Canada on Saturday in Calgary. After the defeat, Gushue said his team would play hard for the bronze medal but added, "I don't know how hung over we'll be."

He went on to describe the bronze medal match as "the dumbest game in curling."

On Tuesday, Gushue told a St. John's radio station he's not a big drinker and his comments were said in a joking manner during a scrum with reporters.

"We did not go out and drink that night," Gushue told VOCM. "To be honest, we spent most of the night in our rooms with some tears and we were just having a hard time (accepting the loss)."

Gushue finished fourth overall after dropping a 7-5 decision to Saskatchewan's Steve Laycock on Sunday. Pat Simmons skipped the Canadian team to a 6-5 win over Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs for the gold medal.

The 34-year-old Gushue won Olympic gold at the 2006 Turin Games. He has skipped his team to the Brier playoffs on eight occasions over 12 appearances, but has never won the national title.

Gushue is also the frontman for a group interested in trying to bring the 2017 Brier to St. John's. The group is expected to make a formal bid presentation to Curling Canada next month.