Laura Crocker and her Wilfrid Laurier University team continue in the hunt for a second win after losing to Great Britain’s Hannah Fleming 7-5 in morning action, then dropping an 8-5 decision to Anna Sidorova of Russia in the evening draw.
In the morning game, a pick on a Canadian stone in the fourth end led to a deuce by Great Britain. Crocker, backed by third Sarah Wilkes, second Jennifer Gates, lead Cheryl Kreviazuk, alternate Breanne Meakin and coach Garry Coderre, was set up to score multiple points, but Fleming made a difficult double tap-back through a port, stealing one to go up 5-2 and forcing Canada to chase for the rest of the game.
Against Russia, the Canadians were trailing by three after seven ends. Crocker blanked the eighth but was only able to score a single in nine, and Sidorova put the game away with a single in ten for the 8-5 win.
Team Canada women now have a 1-4 record and are tied with the USA, ahead of China and host Italy. They face winless China in their only game on Sunday.
On the men’s side, 2012 world junior curling champion Brendan Bottcher and his team from the University of Alberta continued their four-game winning streak, defeating Korea’s Chang Min Kim 7-6 in a close game.
Bottcher, Michael Lizmore (third), Brad Thiessen (second), Karrick Martin (lead) and Parker Konschuh (alternate), with coach Rob Krepps, led 5-2 at the half-way point, but Kim kept the pressure on, scoring three points in the seventh end to tie the game at 6-6. Canada blanked the next two ends and scored the winning single in the tenth to remain at the top of the leaderboard, tied with Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson with 4-0 records.
On Sunday, the undefeated Team Canada men will face Italy’s Marco Pascale and Czech Republic’s Lukas Klima, both with 1-3 records, and both fighting to remain in playoff contention.
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