By Liam Morgan

Skip John Morris led his side to a comfortable victory 8-3 over Team Europe ©Getty ImagesCanada's men recovered from a difficult afternoon session by winning all three evening matches to extend their lead over Team Europe to 15-6 at the World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling in Calgary.

After losing two-and-a-half points in the previous session, the team of John Morris, Pat Simmons, Carter Rycroft and Nolan Thiessen cruised to a comfortable 8-3 victory over the team led by Niklas Edin of Sweden.

"We wanted to come back strong and get the momentum back and build up into the weekend," Morris said.

"We've just got to keep focused and stay positive, we're building off the energy we're getting from the bench and it's going well."

The hosts had truly got back on track when 2014 Olympic champion Brad Jacobs' team came out on top of a close match with David Murdoch's Sochi Winter Olympic silver medal-winning outfit.

In the final team game, Rachel Homan of Ottawa produced a superb shot to oust the Russians - led by Anna Sidorova - 4-3 to complete a clean sweep for Team Canada.

In the morning session, the two teams split the three points available, thanks largely to Val Sweeting's last-rock draw to snatch a tie against Eve Muirhhead's side.

Earlier in the day, Canada's women's teams - led by Sweeting, Rachel Homan and Jennifer Jones - earned victories in all of their singles matches.

Sweeting edged a close fought encounter with Margaretha Sigfridsson, Homan strolled to a 20-11 win over Sidorova and Jones beat Scotland's Muirhead 20-14.

Jennifer Jones and her teammates had given Team Canada the perfect platform earlier in the dayJennifer Jones and her teammates had given Team Canada the perfect platform earlier in the day ©Getty Images

However, Team Europe's men fought back valiantly, taking two of the three singles matches, while Edin and Jacobs tied 16-16.

The slight turnaround in fortunes gave the European side hope before Canada completed a topsy-turvy day of competition in the evening with three victories.

"The women did really well, they got us the lead," Canada coach Randy Ferbey said.

"The Europeans came back against the men, got a couple of points but overall we're in a very good position right now."

Competition in curling's equivalent of the Ryder Cup continues this weekend, and the first team to reach 30.5 points will be crowned champions on Sunday (January 11).

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