Canada’s Simmons beats American Shuster 11-10 in opener at men’s curling worlds

canada.com

HALIFAX — Pat Simmons is making a habit of hitting clutch draws to the button for dramatic victories.

The Canada skip delivered again Saturday night in a wild 11-10 extra-end win over American John Shuster in the opening game for both teams at the world men’s curling championship. Just like he did to win the Tim Hortons Brier a few weeks ago, Simmons nailed his final throw to come out on top.

“I’m going to have more grey hair if that keeps up this week, that’s for sure,” Simmons said.

The crowd of 4,018 at Scotiabank Centre was treated to a rollicking, back-and-forth affair that featured plenty of rocks in play, creative shotmaking and loads of scoring.

“Everybody was just throwing the high punches and hard ones,” said Canadian coach Rick Lang. “Both teams made some really spectacular shots to put those numbers up there, it wasn’t like it was…

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