Canada’s Gushu started the World Men’s Curling Championship with a victory over the Czechs

LAS VEGAS – Canada’s Brad Gushu defeated Czech Republic’s Lucas Klima 6-4 in Saturday’s round-robin opener at the World Men’s Curling Championships.

Gushuye settles for a single point on the ninth end and the Czechs agree on the 10th point and decide that there is no chance for their pair tied in the game.

Vice Mark Nichols returned to the lineup after missing the Canadian Championship last weekend due to a positive COVID-19 test. It was the first game for a St. Johns-based team since Brett Gallant II announced he would leave the team at the end of the season.

Both teams had some hiccups at first as they were accustomed to the conditions at the four-sheet Orleans Arena.

Gushue rolled out on an open hit for two on the first end but managed a steal in the second for a 2-0 lead.

Klima, avoiding the world for the first time, drew against four to get the Czechs on board but Gusuye answered by raising an angle for a deuce.

In some places there was a lot of ice and a touch of frost. Mercury reached 31 degrees Celsius in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The Czechs earn their first dive at the seventh end and Gushu steals when he misses a double takeout.

The Canadians made some unusual mistakes on the ninth end that cost them a chance for a pair. Nicholas threw his last stone through the house and Gushu was heavy with his last stone.

Gushu, who threw a team-low 78 percent, was scheduled to play Norway in the evening draw. Clima is a game-low 64 percent shot.

Sweden’s Nicholas Edin defeated Netherlands’ Water Goesgens 7-4 and Norway’s Magnus Ramsfazel defeated South Korea’s Su-Huk Kim 7-3. American Corey Dropkin defeated Tobias Thun of Denmark 8-2.

The opening game was played in front of hundreds of fans, far from the near-afford weekend crowd at Bryar in Alter Lethbridge. Gushu, Galant and lead Geoff Walker have won three consecutive play-off games as a trio, winning their fourth national crown in six years.

Gushue won gold in his first appearance at the World Championships, surpassing Edin in 2017 in Edmonton. Edin won the match again in Las Vegas a year later and entered this year’s competition as a three-time defending champion.

The round robin game will continue until Friday.

The top six teams will advance to the playoffs. The medal game is set for April 10.

Canada’s Kerry Ainerson won bronze at the Women’s World Championships in Prince George last week, while BC Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinjoni lost to South Korea’s Yunjong Kim for gold.

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