REGINA — If Canada reaches the final of the world men’s curling championship like it is expected to, it won’t be able to say it’s not battle tested.
Germany’s Andy Kapp gave Winnipeg’s Jeff Stoughton and crew everything they could handle on Sunday afternoon, but Canada prevailed 7-4 in front of another big crowd of 5,633 at Brandt Centre.
Canada is tied for first place at 3-0 with Scotland, which downed Switzerland 10-6. Stoughton and Co. will meet Korea on Monday morning and then the U.S. in the evening draw.
“It was good to get a good game under our belts,” Stoughton said. “Our first two games were a little shaky. This game, we had a little bit more rhythm to it.
“We still weren’t super sharp, but we made all the clutch draws that we needed to make.”
Canada out-curled Germany by nearly 20%, but Kapp made several excellent shots to keep his team in it.
“Andy Kapp was a one-man wrecking crew,” Canadian third Jon Mead said. “At times it felt like it was seven against one out there.”
Brewster was happy to be tied with Stoughton — but not that excited.
“It’s pretty good,” he said. “Hopefully I’m tied next Sunday with Canada. Coming home. With the hammer.”
STUNNER: Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud is supposed to challenge Stoughton this week. Then he went and lost to the Czech Republic’s Jiri Snitil 7-5 in an extra end and then fell 9-8 to Kapp.
“This is trouble,” said Ulsrud, who was down 8-3 after six ends but stormed back and fell just short. “What can I say? It looks like we’re leaking oil. We’re desperate now. The funny thing is it’s one or two ends in each game.”
If Stoughton is giddy on the inside about Ulsrud’s early struggles, he’s not showing it.
“We have no doubt they’re going to be right there at the end of the week — unless they can’t correct it,” Stoughton said before Norway dropped its second straight.