Stoughton's crew keeps improving

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:06 PM ET

REGINA -- Jeff Stoughton's Canadian squad gets better every time it hits the ice. That cannot be good news for the rest of the field at the world men's curling championship.

Canada improved to 4-0 Monday morning with a 7-4 victory over Korea's Dong Keun Lee.

Stoughton was taking on American Pete Fenson in the late draw and trying to climb into a tie with Scotland's Tom Brewster, who won twice on Monday to go to 5-0.

The Winnipeg team's collective shooting percentage has improved each game, going from 82 to 84 to 90 to 91. Not only that, but they feel there is room for improvement.

"We've left a few shots out there, and we can be a little sharper -- and we will be a little sharper," lead Steve Gould said.

Canada and Scotland meet Tuesday night. Brewster, who topped Germany 8-5 and the Czech Republic 5-4 in an extra end, downplayed the battle.

"At the end of the day it's just one more round-robin game," Brewster said. "It's always a thrill playing Canada in Canada. I enjoy playing Jeff.

-¦ We just want to get to the playoffs."

FEELING GREEN: Stoughton and Co. won't have to hold their noses when they don green Team Canada warmup jackets before their games on Tuesday.

The Winnipeg foursome has been assured Green Day, which will happen Tuesday at the world championship, is in honour of Saskatchewan -- and not the Roughriders.

Stoughton and his Manitoba team, of course, root hard for the Blue Bombers.

"Oh yeah," Stoughton said firmly. "We're blue and gold through and through, so when we checked we said, 'This isn't going to turn into a Rider Pride thing.'

"We're all for Green Day, and that's our bottom line."

Riders GM Brendan Taman, a big curling fan who took in Monday night's action at Brandt Centre, spent 10 years in Winnipeg. Never afraid of a little self-deprecation, Taman hoped the green wouldn't rub off too much on Stoughton.

"Let's hope he doesn't lose in a championship like we have in the last two years," Taman said.

The GM joked he could have a spot for one member of Team Canada in his training camp.

"Maybe Steve Gould," he said, "as a linebacker."


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