Stoughton rink gets easy win against France

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 PM ET

REGINA — Green Day has been a great day so far for Jeff Stoughton’s Canadian crew at the world men’s curling championship.

The Winnipeg foursome thumped France’s Thomas Dufour 11-5 in nine ends Tuesday afternoon at Brandt Centre on a day they sported green warmup jackets and half the people in the crowd were wearing green in honour of Saskatchewan’s favourite colour.

The victory vaulted Stoughton and Co. back into a tie for top spot, at 6-0, with Scotland’s Tom Brewster, whom they will meet in a first-place showdown Tuesday night.

Stoughton kicked off the contest with three in the first. Dufour was forced to take one in the second, and Stoughton plopped another triple on the board in the third.

Not only did the Dufour squad make some questionable calls and play poorly early on, but all four members of the Canadian team were on top of their game going into their key battle with Scotland.

France, which has Tony Angiboust throwing fourth stones, notched two in the sixth and then stole one in the seventh when Stoughton missed a long angle-raise takeout.

Stoughton blanked the eighth but then executed a runback for three in the ninth to seal the deal. France is still sitting pretty, however, with a 4-2 record.

In other Draw 10 action, Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud stayed alive with a 7-6 win over Pete Fenson of the U.S. Ulsrud upped his record to 3-4 but will likely need to win out to make the playoffs.

Korea edged Denmark 10-8 in the battle of the basement dwellers, while Switzerland improved to 5-2 with an 8-6 win over the Czech Republic in an extra end.

To see Jeff Stoughton’s post-game scrum, click here. (http://qik.com/video/38966188)


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