Team Canada wins silver at 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship

Kevin Koe (Verne Equinox, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada has won the silver medal at the 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta. The Canadian team of Kevin Koe, B.J. Neufeld, Colton Flasch and Ben Hebert advanced to the gold medal game at the Enmax Centre, but lost to Sweden by a score of 7-2.

The Canadian team advanced to the final after two narrow one point wins in their two playoff games on Saturday. In their first game, they beat Scotland 6-5 and in the semifinal, they beat Switzerland 6-5. In Canada’s win over Switzerland, Koe came through with a marvelous quadruple takeout.

In the other playoff games, Japan beat the United States 7-6 in the other qualification game, and Sweden trounced Japan 8-2 in the other semifinal. In the bronze medal game. Switzerland beat Japan 8-4.

This is the fourth World Men’s Curling Championship title for Sweden’s Niklas Edin and third in Canada. In 2013, he beat future Canadian Olympic gold medalist Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 8-6 in the gold medal game in Victoria, British Columbia. Then in 2015, Edin beat Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud 9-5 in the gold medal game in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Edin’s other title came in 2018 when he beat the Canadian Olympic gold medalist Brad Gushue of St. John’s, Newfoundland 7-3 in the gold medal game in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jacobs won the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. and Gushue won the gold medal at theĀ 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

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