Canada’s Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg moved to the front of the Ford Worlds pack of a dozen with a 3-and-0 record on Sunday afternoon at the Brandt Centre in Regina, exhibiting his team’s usual patience in a 7-4 victory over Germany’s Andy Kapp of Fussen.
The German skip unleashed a glittering array of shots in an effort to keep his team in the game but eventually wilted when Canada scored its second deuce in the seventh end to grab control of the issue.
“He (Kapp) was a one-man wrecking crew,” said Canadian vice-skip Jon Mead. “He made one shot in the fourth end that I can’t make . . . no way. We had to be the better team or the way he was curling it would have been a blowout.”
Skip Stoughton agreed. “There was a little more rhythm in this game for us,” he said. “But, yeah, we had to be patient until we were able to get that second deuce. You’ve just got to keep plugging along. Their skip was playing so well. We just had to hang in there and keep up with them.
“It was good to get a good game under our belt. Our first two games were a little shaky. We still weren’t super sharp today but we made all the clutch draws that we needed to make and I think the guys just felt better out there.”
Added Mead: “We’re 3-and-0 and there’s still room for improvement. That’s a good sign.”
Germany (0-2) will be looking for its first victory in today’s final draw (7 p.m.) when it faces Norway’s Olympic silver medallist, Thomas Ulsrud, who was upended 7-5 in an extra end Sunday morning by unheralded Jiri Snitil of the Czech Republic (1-1).
Elsewhere on the afternoon log, Scotland’s Tom Brewster of Aberdeen won his second straight, 9-6 over Dong Keun Lee (0-3) of Korea, while Yansong Ji of China (2-0) shaded Danish veteran Tommy Stjerne (0-3) by a 7-6 count and Sweden’s Niklas Edin (1-1) outlasted previously unbeaten Thomas Dufour (2-1) of France 7-6.
The Swedes lost control of the latter game in the third end when Dufour stole a single and went on to maintain an edge until the eighth when Edin cracked a go-ahead deuce. Sweden won it with last rock in the final exchange.
In other nightshift contests, Sweden faces Pete Fenson (1-1) of the U.S., Scotland knocks heads with Switzerland’s Christoph Schwaller-skipped outfit (1-1) and the Chinese go against the Czechs.