John Shuster's U.S. squad shocked Canada twice en route to winning gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics, but Canadian skip Kevin Koe turned the tables Thursday at the World Men's Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta.
Two-time world champion Koe won 6-3, dropping Shuster's Duluth Curling Club team to 6-3 in the round-robin standings. That's still good for a tie for fifth place with Italy heading into the evening session, trailing co-leaders Sweden and Japan (both 8-1) and Canada and Switzerland (both 7-2). The top six teams qualify for Saturday's playoff round.
"We're playing great as a team and that game came down to a little bit of execution on our end," Shuster said in a news release. "We had (Canada) throwing runbacks for the first five ends. We just have to come back and execute better."
Team USA faced Japan later Thursday.