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Canada now tied for fourth after loss to Sweden

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - Posted by Jean Mills

Team Canada’s Rachel Homan kept the pressure on Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson, but just couldn’t break the game open, losing 8-4 on Tuesday night at the Volvo Sports Centre in Riga, Latvia.

Homan and her Ottawa team – Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle, with alternate Stephanie LeDrew and coach Earl Morris – pressed their opponents every end, thanks to tremendous rock placement by Canadian front end, Weagle and Kreviazuk.

Team Canada lead Lisa Weagle (Photo WCF/Richard Gray)

It was a frustrating game for Homan, who controlled the play and had opportunities, but just couldn’t make the big final shots to score multiple points. Swedish fourth Maria Prizt – skip Sigfridsson throws lead rocks and calls the game – was able to keep up with the Canadians, finding a way to score even when the advantage was all in Homan’s favour.

It started in the first end, when Homan had an opportunity to score four but, instead, gave up a steal of one when her final take-out wrecked on a guard.

Again in the fourth, Homan applied the pressure, filling the front of the four-foot with Canadian rocks and just missing an attempt to bump Sweden off the button. Prytz tried the in-off for two but was able to score only a single.

After the break, tied 2-2, Canada continued to press, but Pritz hung on, stealing a point in the seventh end by drawing back button and forcing Homan to attempt a difficult long raise take-out.

Tied 4-4 after nine, without hammer, Canada set up for the steal, but Pritz made the take-out to score four for the win.

The loss leaves Canada with a 4-3 record, tied for fourth place in the standings with Japan, U.S.A. and Switzerland. Sweden and Scotland are tied at the top of the standings with 6-1 records, and Russia is right behind at 5-2.

The Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship 2013, presented by Ford Motor Company of Canada, continues on Wednesday when Team Canada meets Germany’s Andrea Schoepp (3-3) at 2:30 a.m. and Switzerland’s Silvana Tirinzoni at 12:30 p.m. (all times EDT).

All of Team Canada’s games are being broadcast by TSN/RDS, the official broadcast partner of the Season of Champions.

Event news, live scores and galleries can be found on the event website: http://wwcc2013.curlingevents.com



About Jean Mills
Jean Mills is Coordinator of Web Content Services for the Canadian Curling Association. She writes and edits for Curling.ca, including feature stories, news items, and her bi-monthly column, Around The House.

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