In Canada's first game which took place Monday morning in China (Sunday night in Calgary), the Calgary-based curling team of skip Kevin Koe, third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen pounded Russia 9-1 and then in the final draw on Monday came back to beat the Czech Republic 10-6.
In Canada's win over Russia, Thiessen and Rycroft each curled a perfect 100%. The Canadians generated a stolen point in three consecutive ends (second to the fourth end) and then five points with the hammer in the seventh end.
Then in Canada's win over the Czech Republic, Koe's team dominated the second half of the game with seven unanswered points when trailing 6-3. The turning point came in the ninth end, when Czech Republic skip Jiri Snitil had his final stone picked allowing the Koe team to steal an unexpected four points.
With the win, Canada improves to 4-1 and will play the United States and undefeated Norway (5-0) on Tuesday.