Canada falls to South Korea after beating USA at World Men’s Curling Championship

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Canada’s Brendan Bottcher lost to a rookie team and outscored a rival contender on Monday at the men’s world curling championship in Calgary.

The 10-9 fall to Jeong Yeong-seok of South Korea after beating defending Olympic champion John Shuster of the United States 10-1 ended in a mixed day for the team. host.

Bottcher’s record was 5-2 behind Norway’s Steffan Walstad and Russian Sergey Glukhov, both 5-1 before the evening’s draw.

South Korean Jeong and his teammates are playing their first world championship.

They were outscored 40-13 in five losses to start the event, but outscored Canada early Monday.

“Everyone comes to play against us. Everyone loves to beat Canada, ”said Bottcher. “It’s something we know. They put in a lot of shots in the first half of the game and they won their lead. They completely surpassed us.

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“I thought we beat them in the second half. It was not enough to win the game. We have to expect teams to play well against us, regardless of their record.

Bottcher, third Darren Molding, second Brad Thiessen and Edmonton lead Karrick Martin trailed 8-3 after seven ends.

The Canadians pushed their way out of handshake territory, scoring four runs in the eighth and stealing two in the ninth.

Coming up from a point at home without the last stone advantage, Bottcher’s attempt to freeze with his last stone remained in the open.

Jeong scored the double and the victory to reach a record 2-5.

“Canada, we watched online, we watched videos of strategies and postures,” Jeong said via an interpreter. “It will be a very good experience for us to beat them.”

The South Koreans won the pre-match button draw for a hammer in the first end. They scored three to get the Canadians running.

It was Canada with a hammer and a first three points against the Americans in the morning’s draw. After Canada stole seven points, Shuster shook hands and conceded after six ends.

Bottcher shot 100% against the United States, but the Canadian captain was not so clear against South Korea at 75%.

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“It’s easy when you go out and shoot 100%,” Bottcher said. “It’s not easy when you go out there and shoot 75 or 80 percent.

“I think we’re a team trying to win as many games as possible and that will give us our best chance of making the playoffs.”

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Italy’s Joel Retornaz, Scotland’s Bruce Mouat, Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz and defending champion Niklas Edin of Sweden were all on Canada’s heels with a 4-2 record.

Italy edged Switzerland 4-3 in the afternoon draw. Germany’s Sixten Totzek claimed a first victory and handed the Norwegians their first loss in an 8-6 victory.

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Jaap van Dorp of the Netherlands also won his first game, beating China’s Zou Quiang 10-2.

The six best teams in the field of 14 advance. The top two seeds earn byes for Saturday’s semi-finals at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Center.

In Friday’s qualifying round, the third plays the sixth and the fourth faces the fifth. The winners advance to the semi-finals.

The matches for the gold and bronze medals will take place on Sunday.

The top six teams also qualify their country in men’s curling for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. The rest of the Olympic field will be determined during qualifying in December.

There are no spectators for the world championship in Calgary, which was also the case for the Canadian men’s, women’s and mixed doubles championship there.

Participants are confined to the arena and their hotel to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

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