The 2018 World Men’s Curling Championships will be the primary focus this weekend as Team Canada will look to defend its title from a year ago. However, the Canadian team skipped by Brad Gushue of St. John’s, Newfoundland has experienced some adversity this week and it simply has not been a walk in the park.
Last year in Edmonton, the same Canadian team skipped by Gushue, went undefeated. However in 2018 in Las Vegas, the Canadians lost three times in the round robin to the United States, Scotland and Sweden, and ironically will probably have to beat all three teams over the next two days to defend their world championship. The quarterfinals will be Saturday at 8:30 a.m. PT, the semi-finals will be 1:30 p.m. PT and 6:30 p.m. PT on Saturday and the finals will be on Sunday at 4 p.m. PT. All games can be seen on TSN.
In Saturday’s quarterfinals, Canada will play the United States (8:30 a.m. PT). The Americans defeated Canada 6-5 on Thursday in their third of five straight wins en route to a playoff spot. This is a different American team from the Olympic Winter Games and are skipped by Rich Ruohonen of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Don’t forget the American team skipped by John Shuster was off to a slow start at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, as they lost four of their first six games before winning five straight at the right time to win Olympic gold. Where did the American momentum in Pyeongchang begin? Well, a win over Canada in the round robin tournament.