Canada’s Brad Gushue fell 6-5 to Sweden’s Niklas Edin on Friday at the men’s world curling championship in Las Vegas.
The loss for Canada means Gushue won’t get a bye to Saturday’s semifinals.
Gushue has to win a quarter-final Saturday morning to stay in medal contention.
Sweden and Scotland’s Bruce Mouat earned the semifinal byes.
Canada fell 6-5 to Sweden’s Niklas Edin, dropping their record to 8-3, as they finish the World Men’s Curling round robin portion in third place.0:54
Edin struck early, taking advantage of two first-end miscues from Canadian vice-skip Mark Nichols, making a runback double takeout to score three.
“It was a horrible start by me; I didn’t play very well, the first four or five ends, and the guys hung in there as much as we could and finally started putting pressure on them,” said Nichols. “We played a really good last five ends, we put lots of pressure on them. We just have to do that for the full game.”
Down 4-1 through five ends, Gushue was forced to a single in the sixth and then evened matters with a steal of two in the seventh end.
Gushue and Edin exchanged points in the eighth and ninth ends, respectively, before the latter picked up a single in the 10th and final end for the victory.
‘We’re the best team in the world’
“Outside of the three, I thought we were as good [as Sweden] or better,” said Gushue. “We put some pressure on them in a number of ends. Niklas himself played real well. But I liked everything about that game other than our start.
“It was just two shots [in the first end], really. That’s all it was. I feel like — well, I know we’re the best team in the world. It’s not a matter of feeling it. So I knew that we would outcurl them for [the final nine ends]. It’s just that three is a lot to spot them. But I felt we could grind back.”
Canada will complete its round-robin schedule later Friday against Germany’s Alexander Baumann (1-10) at 9:30 p.m. (all times ET), looking to generate some momentum going into the playoffs.
The medal games are Sunday.