Glenn Howard faced another hot young skip and had to come up with some great shots to win Canada’s seventh straight at the Men’s World Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland, on Tuesday evening.
Howard and his crew of Wayne Middaugh, Brent Laing and Craig Savill were stretched to the limit in the afternoon match-up against 20-year-old Swiss skip Benoit Schwarz, who took the game to an extra end and forced Howard to draw for a single to clinch it.
In evening action, another young skip, Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne, 2009 world junior champion, pushed Team Canada for nine ends, before giving up a steal of one in the tenth.
In the eighth end, Stjerne played a perfect hit and roll onto the button to score, but Howard answered in the ninth with a take-out on two Danish counting stones for a 7-5 lead. A steal of one in the tenth gave Canada the 8-5 win and cemented its position at the top of the standings.
“Denmark is a talented young team that made a lot of great shots against us,” said Team Howard coach Scott Taylor after the match. “Glenn’s double in the ninth for a pair was critical.”
After three days of morning games, Team Canada gets a chance to sleep in on Wednesday before facing Sweden and Scotland, both sitting at 5-2 and tied with China for second place in the standings.
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