Canada's Brad Gushue opened their 2018 World Men's Curling Championship win a 7-6 win over Russia's Alexey Timofeev.
Las Vegas, Nevada - For Canada's Brad Gushue, the winning just continues. After going undefeated at last year's World Championships in Edmonton to take the World title, Gushue got started win a win over Russia's Alexey Timofeev at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
For Gushue, this is his first appearance in Las Vegas with only Mark Nichols having played in the previous Continental Cups. Front end Brett Gallant and Geoff Walker are also rookies, but their World Championship experience will carry them well here as the title will be decided in the desert.
Gushue opened strong in the first end, scoring three with a hit. After a blank end, the Russians were forced to a single in the third end; Timofeev making the hit against three to get on the board. Gushue added 2 more in the fourth end with a short tap removing the Russians shot stone for what appeared to be a dominant lead.
Unfazed, the Russians fought back with a hit for 2 in the fifth end, then stole singles in the sixth and seventh ends to tie the game at 5. Gushue bounced back in an open eighth end, drawing to split the rings with his first shot, then making the open hit for two points with his last shot to take a 7-5 lead. The Russians were forced to a single in the ninth end, then came short in the tenth end giving Gushue the 7-6 win without having to throw his last.
The win extends Canada's World Championship winning streak to 18 games, winning the last four in 2016, Gushue's 13-0 record last year and now the first win in the books this week.
In other opening draw action Sweden's Niklas Edin held off the German charge skip by Alexander Baumann, trailing 3-2 after 6 ends scoring three en-route to a 6-5 win. Korea's Chang-Min Kim stole 2 in the ninth end to take control of Jaap van Dorp and the Netherlands winning 7-4 and China's De Jia Zou also used a steal of 2 in the eighth end against Switzerland's Marc Pfister to win 6-5.
The World Men's Curling Championships in Las Vegas continue through the week with the Championship final held April 8th. The event will feature an outdoor patch poolside at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, where Norway's Christoffer Svae will be hosting the party and giving fans a neat opportunity to enjoy the amazing weather and atmosphere.
Tickets for the World Men's are priced from just $25 for single draw and 4-day mini packs start at $199. All tickets can be purchased at the Orleans Arena Box Office or online at LasVegasCurling.rocks.