Canada open world championship account with victory over China

  • Canada pick up first win © WCF / Richard Gray

Canada secured their first win of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2019 in Tuesday evening’s eighth session of round-robin play when they defeated China 5-3.

Canada opened the scoring with a single point in the first end, then in the third end scored two points to extend their lead to 3-1. This two-point score would be the only end where multiple points were recorded by either side.

Canada led 3-2 going into the break, then controlled the second half of the game and took a 4-3 lead into the eighth end with last stone advantage. Despite China applying pressure and filling up the house, Canada sat shot stone after China’s skip, Haitao Wang’s last stone allowing Canada skip, Mark Ideson to throw away his last stone, score the single point and secure their first win of the week.

Ideson, said after their first win, “It’s nice to get a win. Hopefully we can get on a roll now. Obviously, it’s not the way we wanted to start the tournament, but we’ve been close in a few games and just on the wrong side of the coin. It’s nice to pull one out tonight.”

He continued, “We’re picking up the ice and everyone is feeling pretty comfortable out there. It took us a few games to hit our stride but hopefully now we’re finding our way.”

United States bounced back from their earlier loss to claim a 7-5 victory over Russia. United States had last stone advantage in the first end for the first time this week and used it to score two points for the early lead.

After blanking the next two ends, Russia levelled the game at the break with a score of two points in the fourth end. United States responded by scoring two points in the fifth end, then forcing a steal of three points in the sixth end to take a 7-2 lead. Russia attempted to recover but were only able to score three points over the last two ends.

United States skip, Steve Emt was delighted with his team’s performance and said, “That win was huge. To come out here with Russia who are a perennial top world team, we played great I’m very proud of my team and very happy. The way that we competed with these guys was really huge for us as a programme, not just for this year, but for the next couple of years.”

Looking ahead to their upcoming games he continued, “Tomorrow if we play like we just did against one of the best teams in the world we’ll be just fine.”

Latvia picked up their third win of the week to join the five-way tie for third place after defeating Korea 7-6.

Latvia took a 3-1 lead into the break, but it Korea took control early in the second half of the game, scoring one point in the fifth end, they stealing four points in the sixth end after filling the house with stones and forcing Latvia skip, Polina Rozkova to attempt a wide draw around several guards.

Latvia responded instantly with three points in the seventh end to level the game, then forced a single point steal in the eighth end for their win.

In the session’s final game, Estonia held off a German fightback to win 7-6.

Results

Session eight: Germany 6-7 Estonia; China 3-5 Canada; United States 7-5 Russia; Latvia 7-6 Korea.

Standings (W-L)

Norway 4-1
Switzerland 4-1
China 3-2
Latvia 3-2
Russia 3-2
Scotland 3-2
United States 3-2
Estonia 2-3
Korea 2-3
Slovakia 2-3
Canada 1-4
Germany 0-5

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