Canada still undefeated after draw 12

Canada's skip Jeff Stoughton (R) reacts to third Jon Mead during play against Scotland at the World...

Canada's skip Jeff Stoughton (R) reacts to third Jon Mead during play against Scotland at the World Men's Curling Championships in Regina, Saskatchewan April 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:47 PM ET

REGINA — Canada remained undefeated and all alone in first place at the world men’s curling championship on Wednesday morning after dumping the Czech Republic 9-4.

Jeff Stoughton’s Winnipeg foursome improved to 8-0 to move a game and a half up on second-place Tom Brewster of Scotland (6-1).

Canada battles Sweden’s Niklas Edin (5-2) on Wednesday afternoon. A win would all but guarantee a spot in Friday’s playoff game for the three-time Brier champ.

Stoughton notched four in the third end against Jiri Snitil to take a 5-1 lead and then stole singles in the eighth and ninth to seal the deal.

“It was a pretty good game,” Stoughton said. “I missed a couple shots there that I would like back, but the guys had great setups and we got the win. That’s all that matters.”

In other Draw 12 play, France’s Thomas Dufour upped his record to 6-2 with an 8-7 triumph over Switzerland’s Christof Schwaller, who fell to 5-3.

Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud stayed alive with a 9-2 thumping of winless Denmark.

Ulsrud, last year’s Olympic silver medallist, is 4-4 and needs to go on a long winning streak.

Pete Fenson of the U.S. doubled up on Korea 8-4 to move to 3-5.


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