Howard takes a pair of close ones

Glenn Howard delivers his stone during play against Switzerland at the World Men's Curling...

Glenn Howard delivers his stone during play against Switzerland at the World Men's Curling Championship in Basel on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

Canada chalked up two more wins Tuesday at the men's world curling championship, but Glenn Howard's unbeaten rink faced a bit more adversity than usual.

Canada survived an extra-end battle with Switzerland in the morning draw at Basel, Switzerland, then broke a 5-5 tie with three points in the final two ends to defeat Denmark 8-5 in the afternoon.

The Canadians were alone in first at 7-0 through 10 sessions of round-robin play. They had a bye in the 11th draw Tuesday night and gained further ground as both China and Sweden lost to fall into a three-way tie for second with Scotland at 5-2.

In Canada's afternoon match, Denmark skip Rasmus Stjerne played a hit and roll on to the button for one point, tying it 5-5. But Howard rebounded for two in the ninth and a steal of one in the 10th.

Canada won its morning match 7-6 against Switzerland.

In the 10th end, Switzerland's Benoit Schwarz, 20 -- who wasn't even born when Howard won his first world championship title in 1987 -- shrugged off the pressure to knock out two Canadian counters and scored one with under 10 seconds left on the clock, tying the game at 6-6 and forcing an extra end.

In the extra, Howard had a straightforward draw for one point.

Howard said he missed a couple of shots during the match. "I wasn't sharp and those were bone-head shots," he said.

At night, Scotland edged China 7-6 to create the second-place logjam. Norway and New Zealand improved to 4-3 -- the former defeating Sweden 8-3 and the latter beating the Czech Republic 8-5.

Denmark downed Switzerland 9-4 in the other match to move into as tie with France for seventh place at 3-4.


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