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Europe extends lead to 15-6 over Canada at curling's Continental Cup

Team Europe kept pressure on Canada with a win and a pair of ties on Sunday at the Continental Cup curling tournament in London, Ont.

Scotland's Mouat beats Bottcher in rout Saturday while Edin, de Cruz post ties

Skip Bruce Mouat, left, and Sven Michel helped Scotland cruise to a 7-1 win over Brendan Bottcher's Alberta rink on Saturday at the Continental Cup of curling in London, Ont. (Twitter/@CurlingCanada)

Team Europe kept pressure on Canada with a win and a pair of ties on Sunday at the Continental Cup curling tournament in London, Ont.

The result gave Europe a commanding 15-6 lead over the Canadians after the mixed scramble format.

Scotland's Bruce Mouat defeated Sherwood Park, Alta., skip Brendan Bottcher 7-1 while Sweden's Niklas Edin and Switzerland's Peter de Cruz earned ties in their respective games.

Edin scored an eighth-end deuce after giving up a seventh-end steal to salvage a 4-4 tie with Calgary's Kevin Koe and de Cruz drew 6-6 with Toronto's John Epping.

"We got a few breaks," said Edin. "Today, we were fortunate to win this draw. It kinda looked like they would win it 2-1.

"At the end, both teams had a chance to gain a point. A split would have been realistic I think, but winning this draw is huge thing — for momentum, especially."

Looking to make history

Through seven sessions, Europe has dominated Canada, with only one split session.

Edin has been a perennial Continental Cup participant, having suffered through a six-event losing streak before being on the winning side last year in Las Vegas. Now, he's part of a Team Europe that has a chance to make history by being the first non-North American team to win back-to-back titles.

"That last two years, we've been doing better," Edin said. "There's a lot of camaraderie and communication as well with only three countries, with both men's and women's from those countries. That evens the odds a bit."

Holding a nine-point lead with four sessions left, including Sunday's higher-valued skins games, puts Europe in a somewhat comfortable position.

A total of 33 points (15 afternoon, 18 evening) are up for grabs.

"It's all about those skins," said Edin. "Having a lead into those is very important. That puts us in the driver's seat. We can be a bit more conservative. We don't have to go for the points as much as they do. We don't have to take any risks at this point.

"It's going to be a close race because of all the points in the last day."

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