Easy as 1-2 for Canadian rink

Glenn Howard smiles during play against Scotland at the World Men's Curling Championship in Basel...

Glenn Howard smiles during play against Scotland at the World Men's Curling Championship in Basel on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:27 PM ET

The Canadian rink landed a one-two punch Wednesday at the world curling championship, winning twice to keep its undefeated streak alive.

The Canadians improved to 8-0 in the afternoon, clinching a playoff spot with a 10-6 win over Sweden at Basel, Switzerland.

Then they won again in the evening, defeating Scotland 7-5 to guarantee a spot in the Page 1 vs. 2 playoff game Saturday.

"That's goal Number 2 achieved," skip Glenn Howard said after leading Canada past the Scots.

"Number 1, make the playoffs, and Number 2, make the 1-2 game."

With the score 5-5 against Scotland, Howard played a straight raised double in the 10th to knock out the sole Scottish stone in the house and score two.

The win gave Canada a 9-0 record through 14 sessions and a substantial lead entering round-robin play Thursday. China, Norway and Scotland were bunched in second place at 6-3, while Denmark, Norway and Sweden were tied at 5-4.

France and the U.S. shared eighth spot at 3-6 with the Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland at 2-7.

In other evening results, Norway edged Germany 7-6; Denmark defeated France 8-3; and the U.S. beat New Zealand 10-4.


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