HALIFAX — Canada’s Pat Simmons rebounded from his first loss at the Ford world men’s curling championship by defeating Switzerland’s Marc Pfister 8-4 at Scotiabank Centre.

Simmons hit a takeout to score three in the fourth end and stole two more points in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

Canada opened the round robin with six straight victories before falling to defending champion Thomas Ulsrud of Norway on Tuesday night.

Norway and Canada are tied in first place at 7-1. Ulsrud defeated Italy’s Joel Retornaz 9-2.

Canada will play Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald in the evening draw.

Round-robin play continues through Thursday night and the medal games are scheduled for Sunday.

The Canadian Press