Canada put on an all-around superb game by beating Japan 10-4 at the World Women‘s Curling Championships in Prince George this afternoon (Tuesday).
All four Canadian players curled at 85% or more.
Lead Briane Meilleur and third Val Sweeting were each 92%, Skip Kerri Einarson 88% and second Shannon Birchard 85%.
The best Japanese player was 75%.
“I thought we played really well and we knew they played well when they came in here,” Einarson said.
“We just needed to put some pressure on them and manage our rocks better.”
Canada grabbed twos in ends two, four and nine, finishing the game with three in the eighth.
Japan was held against singles in ends one, three, five and seven, although they had the hammer in each.
After Canada led 4-3 in the sixth end, Einarson clutch-draw to the button while facing two Japanese checkers in the house.
Both teams are 4-2 with all four Canadian wins coming in the afternoon (Saturday, Sunday, Monday and today).
In other action this afternoon in Draw 10 of the Championship, Switzerland improved to 6-0 with an 8-5 win over Norway, the USA beat Germany 8-7 to give the Americans a 4-2 record, and Denmark is 4-2 after beating the Czech Republic 8-6 in an extra end.
Canada’s next game is tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9:00 CET against Sweden 5-1.
“We have to come out and play really well,” Einarson said.
“We don’t take any team lightly, no matter who they are.”
The Swedes play Japan in today’s draw at 19:00 CET.
The top six teams advance to the playoffs.
The qualifiers take place on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and the semi-finals on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m.
The medal games will take place on Ice Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (for bronze) and 4:00 p.m. (for gold).
The full ranking can be found here.
The full schedule and results can be found here.
– with files by Darin Bain