Canada down Sweden to extend run
Canada continued their imperious march towards the defence of their World Championship crown on day five – making it nine wins on the spin by taking out medal contenders Sweden.
Canadian skip Jeff Stoughton laid down his gold medal intentions on day four by taking out fellow contenders Scotland 7-3 and that form continued against the Swedes.
The win was all-but secured with a score of four in the second end, which they followed up with three more in the fourth.
But despite their untouchable start on home soil, Stoughton, who claimed the world title back in 1996, is warning against complacency among his rink.
“It’s been a great week so far and we’ve got lots of work left still to do,” said Stoughton. †
“We’re not going to let the train stop and we’re going to keep on rolling. †
“We’ve got two great games tomorrow, and while it may look convincing for us out there, you’re just grinding away.”
Scotland recovered from their 7-3 defeat a day previously against the tournament pace-setters to remain in second place overall and in the box seat to qualify for the knock-out stages.
Skip Tom Brewster – overseeing his first World Championship campaign – made light work of the challenge of Denmark, winning 7-3, however the evening session saw them go down 7-5 to Norway.
“That doesn’t hurt us from a standing point of view,” said Brewster. “But it would have been nicer to have a win, and it would have been good to put Norway out, they’re a good team.”
Heading into the final day of round robin clashes France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland all have a chance of making the weekend’s medal showdowns.