Team Canada now has an opponent for the Page playoff 3-4 game at the 2013 Titlis Glacier Mountain World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Ford Motor Company of Canada.
Rachel Homan’s Canadian championship team from Ottawa — third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle, alternate Stephanie LeDrew and coach Earle Morris — will take on Erika Brown of the United States on Saturday at 8 a.m. (all times Eastern), with a berth in Saturday’s 1 p.m. semifinal on the line.
Brown, a resident of Oakville, Ont., skipped the U.S. to a 7-4 tiebreaker win over Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland today at the Volvo Sports Centre in Riga, Latvia, to clinch the fourth and final playoff position. Earlier in the day, the Swiss beat Russia’s Anna Sidorova 7-6 in an extra end in the first round of tiebreakers.
It will be a chance for revenge for Team Canada, which lost 5-4 in an extra end to the U.S. on Monday, snapping a world women’s championship Canadian win streak over our southern neighbours that dated back to 2006 at Grande Prairie, Alta. Canada finished the round-robin draw in Riga with an 8-3 record, winning its final four games, while the U.S. posted a 6-5 mark.
The winner of the 3-4 game will play in the semifinal on Saturday against the loser of the Page 1-2 game (today, 1 p.m.) between Scotland’s Eve Muirhead and Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson, who both finished the round robin with 10-1 records (the Swedes finish first based on their round-robin victory over the Scots in the first draw).
The semifinal winner will advance to Sunday’s gold-medal game (8 a.m.) against the Page 1-2 winner. The semifinal loser will play the Page 3-4 loser in the bronze-medal game Sunday at 3 a.m.
All of Team Canada’s games are being broadcast by TSN/RDS2, the official broadcast partner of the Season of Champions. As well, TSN/RDS2 is broadcasting the Page 1-2 game today.
Event news, live scores and galleries can be found on the event website: wwcc2013.curlingevents.com.