After five games, the hosts are unbeaten in Lethbridge ©WCF

Hosts Canada beat Norway 10-2 in this afternoon’s session to remain top of the standings at the Men’s World Curling Championships in Lethbridge.

After five matches, last year’s runners-up have five wins and share the lead with Switzerland and defending champions Sweden, who are also unbeaten at ENMAX Centre.

Norway and South Korea remain bottom and still searching for their first victories, while elsewhere Italy beat China 8-2 to gain their second win and the United States edged past Scotland 9-8.

At one point, Canada had led Norway 7-1 and it took just six ends to seal the win.

“It’s not about throwing high percentages or winning all-star awards, it’s about winning games,” Canada’s captain Kevin Koe said.

“That’s what I focus on, getting the job done and we’ve done it for a while.

“But we’ll need a bunch more [wins], for sure.

“Odds are we’re not going to win all our games this week, but we just have to win the last one.”

Switzerland played twice today, beating the Netherlands and Germany.

The contest against the Dutch ended 7-6 but they were more comfortable in the evening session, beating the Germans 9-6.

Sweden also played twice, seeing off Germany and Japan.

The Olympic silver medallists despatched Germany 8-2 in the morning session and then won 8-3 against Japan in the evening.

Round-robin action will continue tomorrow.