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Gushue and his curling teammates earn 50th career world championship victory by beating New Zealand | Radio-Canada Sports

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Canada’s Brad Gushue improved to 4-1 after a 7-4 victory in nine ends against New Zealand’s Anton Hood at the world men’s curling championship Tuesday in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

The two teams traded singles through the first four ends before Gushue took control of things in the fifth with a steal of one, followed by a deuce in the sixth end to take a 5-2 lead.

Gushue and his St. John’s-based team of Mark Nichols, EJ Harnden and Geoff Walker improved to 4-1 after nine draws at the IWC Arena.

“Anton made some really good shots in the second and fourth ends that gave us some points,” Gushue said. “Both were really good shots. I had one more chance in the fourth end and I didn’t execute it well, but he made two great shots to keep the game close.”

Canada was scheduled to face American John Shuster (3-2) later Tuesday.

WATCH | Gushue improves record to 4-1 at world championship in Switzerland:

Brad Gushue earns his 50th World Championship victory

The Canadian captain beats New Zealand 7-4 to improve to 4-1.

In other early matches, Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller beat Japan’s Shinya Abe 10-4 and Czech Lukas Klima beat South Korea’s Jongduk Park 10-6.

Swede Niklas Edin is the only undefeated team among the 13 teams with a 5-0 record. Canada, Italy’s Joel Retornaz and defending champion Bruce Mouat of Scotland were tied at 4-1.

Gushue won gold in her first appearance at the World Championships in 2017 in Edmonton. It was the last time that Canada stood on the top step of the podium at this competition.

The 2006 Olympic champion has won world silver three times since, including last year in Ottawa. His victory Tuesday morning improved his all-time world mark to 50-11.

“When you hear it’s 50, that means you’ve been here a lot and you’ve won a lot,” Gushue said. “Fifty games is a lot, so we did something right. At the end of the day, we want to win on Sunday instead of focusing on 50 today.”

After the first draw, Germany’s Marc Muskatewitz, Switzerland and the United States were tied for fifth place, 3-2. The Czech Republic was alone in eighth place with a score of 3-3.

The top six teams among the 13 teams will advance to the playoffs.

Round robin play continues through Friday evening. Medal matches are scheduled for Sunday.

WATCH: Canada loses its first game at worlds on Monday:

Canadian Gushue suffers his first defeat at the world men’s curling championships

Team Canada suffers its first loss and improves to 3-1 at the World Men’s Curling Championships, losing to Italy 7-6 in an extra end. This is the first time Italy has beaten Canada at the world championships since 1986.

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