It’s early, but it’s never too early to be in first place. Team Canada got the start they wanted to the 2017 World Men’s Curling Championships with a 7-5 win over Switzerland on Saturday afternoon at Northlands Coliseum.
It was not a well played game. Both skips said they missed key shots.
“Sloppy with a lot of misses but I don’t care if we get 12 sloppy wins. We’ll take them all.” Said Canadian skip Brad Gushue after the win, as he continually took the conversation back to ice and rock conditions. “I’m confident it’s going to get better, I think today it was just some frost. The big issue is the sharpness of the rocks. That makes for challenging ice. “
Canada got the win, but they had to work for it. Switzerland struck early with a deuce in the first end, the lead was short lived as Gushue drew for two in the second to tie it and they traded singles until the 7th end when Gushue scored for three with the hammer to take a 6-4 lead.
Canada gets the evening draw off and will return to the ice Sunday morning at 9 am to play Russia then Sweden at 7 pm.
“I kind of like having tonight off, then getting into the swing of things. We will get some rest tonight have a nice meal and take it easy, then be ready to go tomorrow morning.” Said Gushue who also pointed out that they will have a hectic schedule starting on Monday afternoon when they play in 6 of 7 draws.
Scores from draw 1
Canada 6 Switzerland 5
USA 9 Russia 2
Japan 9 Italy 5
Germany 6 Netherlands 5 in 11
Standings After first draw
Draw 2 at 7 pm Saturday night
Scotland vs Norway
Italy vs Germany
China vs Sweden
USA vs Switzerland