Theft and unexpected force put Canadian Brendan Butcher in the position he wanted against Switzerland on Sunday in the World Curling Championships for men with BKT tires and OK Tire.
After hitting a hammer at the extra end, the sudden mistake turned out to be costly in his first loss to the competition.
Butcher was light on his recent draw, dropping a double burglary when Peter de Cruz scored a 6-4 win over Markin McPhail Center.
“It’s an opportunity that I want to have most of the time,” Boucher said.
His Edmonton-based Darren Mulding, Brad Thiessen and Carrick Martin took a break when fourth Swiss Benoit Schwartz got his first stone pick in ninth place.
That sealed hope in Schwartz’s double attempt to take the Swiss corner until the end of the first half, giving Canada a winning deal and leading 4-3.
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Butcher forced Schwartz to take a one-of-ten shot to rectify matters in the extra end. However, with a boulder in midfield at the top of the four-foot ring, Butcher had to throw a little wider than usual.
“It’s always a little question mark when you get in some extra ice,” Butcher said. Will it be a little faster or will it be a little slower?
“At the end of the day, I think we knew the right time, I threw it a little.”
Butcher, who had the lowest eight-man squad with 78 percent, had to steal twice early against de Cruz, but managed to draw in the seventh final.
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“I think we could have done some better things in that match, but this is a long week,” Molding said. “You will make mistakes.
“I don’t know if it’s realistic to go into this 0-15 event. You bear the loss and move on.”
Canada recovered with a draw in the afternoon, winning 7-6 over undefeated Dutchman Jaap Van Dorp.
Moulding said he had a slight bruise in the knee region after slipping into the fifth limb from the site of the penetration. He stayed in the game and was not upset.
Mulding, who withdrew from the mixed doubles qualifiers last month after suffering from back cramps, said his back was “looking good.”
By defeating Canada, de Cruz remained unbeaten 4-0.
“It was a very good match,” he said. “They are a very strong team. When Canada plays in the big events, you know the match will be on the schedule when you watch it.”
“We are very happy and will be enjoying it a little.”
Italian Joel Rinazer beat German Sexten Tutzek 9-3 and Sweden Niklas Eden defeated Sergey Glukhov of the Russian Curling Federation 8-7 in an additional end. American John Schuster doubled Japanese Utah Matsumura by 10-5 in the other early match.
In the afternoon, the Norwegian Stephen Wahlstad scored a hat-trick at the 10th end, beating Sweden 9-8. Scottish Bruce Mawatt beat Chinese Chiang Zuo 10-1, while Dane Mads Norgard beat South Korea’s Young Seok Jeong 4-3.
Norway (5-0) and Switzerland (4-0) are the only two teams not defeated in the evening match. Canada and Scotland followed suit, 4-1.
The Russian Federation, the United States and Italy were 3-1, while Sweden fell 3-2. Denmark was 2-3, Japan 1-3, Germany (0-4), China (0-5), South Korea (0-5) and the Netherlands (0-5) remained unbeaten.
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The game continues until Friday afternoon on the Robin Tour.
The best quarter-final winners from 14 teams will win the semi-finals on Saturday. Teams from third to sixth place will compete in the playoffs with the winners to reach the final four.
The medal competition will take place on April 11th. The top six teams will also win country seats at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Eden defeated Canadian Swede Kevin Coy in the 2019 World Championships Final in Lethbridge, Alta. The 2020 event has been canceled due to the pandemic.
Spectators are not permitted at the WinSport Arena, which has also happened in the recent Canadian men’s, women’s and mixed doubles tournaments.
The Grand Slams come next on the bubble calendar, ahead of the Women’s World Qualifiers in late April.