April 17th, 2024

Canada’s Gushue earns pair of round-robin victories at world men’s curling playdowns

By The Canadian Press on March 30, 2024.

Canada's skip Brad Gushue delivers a stone against the Czech Republic at the men's Curling World Championships in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, Saturday, March 30, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Buholzer/Keystone via AP

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland – Canada’s Brad Gushue defeated Czechia’s Lukas Klima 9-8 in an extra end on Saturday at the world men’s curling championship.

Gushue, from St. John’s, N.L., made a hit-and-stick for the victory in the round-robin opener at the IWC Arena.

His team of Mark Nichols, E.J. Harnden and Geoff Walker returned to the ice a short time later and posted an 8-5 win over Germany’s Marc Muskatewitz.

In other early games, American John Shuster opened with a 5-3 win over Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller and Sweden’s Niklas Edin dumped Wouter Goesgens of the Netherlands 8-1.

Defending champion Bruce Mouat of Scotland posted a 10-3 victory over South Korea’s Jongduk Park.

The top six teams in the 13-team field will qualify for the weekend playoffs. Canada is looking for its first gold medal at this event since Gushue’s 2017 title in Edmonton.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 30, 2024.

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