Canada beats Czech Republic and Germany at World Men’s Curling Championship

Brad Gushue (with permission)

Team Canada has won their first two games of the 2024 World Men’s Curling Championship in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. In the first draw of the tournament, Canada defeated the Czech Republic 9-8 in 11 innings, and then in the second draw, Canada beat Germany 8-5. The Canadian team is skipped by Canadian Olympic gold medalist Brad Gushue of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Gushue won a gold medal for Canada at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. 

There is no doubt that Canada was tested by the Czech Republic, and it was completely unexpected. The Czechs actually scored three points in the sixth end against Canada, which gave the Czech Republic a 6-5 lead at the time. A key shot came in the ninth end, as Canada stole a point and gave them an 8-6 lead. Czech Republic skip Lukas Klima hit and rolled out with his final shot, and gave Canada an unexpected two-point advantage.

In Canada’s win over Germany, the Canadians took control in the eighth end when they stole points. At the time, they took a convincing 7-3 lead.

There are four teams currently at two wins and zero losses. Joining Canada are Scotland, Sweden and Italy. Canada’s next twp opponents are Scotland, the defending champion, and Italy.

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