Sochi, Russia, March 12, 2014 - The last time Canada met Korea in Paralympic wheelchair curling action was in 2010 at the gold medal game in Vancouver. So, in a way today’s game was a rematch of the two powerhouses from four years ago. The obvious difference this time is the makeup of the Korean team. While Canada’s team is made up of three 2010 veterans and two newcomers, the Korean team has only one member, Myungjin Kim, from their silver medal squad. They headed in today’s match with a middle of the pack record of two wins and four losses.
Playing Korea always keeps Canada on their toes, especially skip Jim Armstrong who commented, ”They kept it exciting. We didn't mean for that to happen, but it did. They are a great team. We play them a few times every year, and they usually come to Canada every year since they have done some training in Vancouver. We always have a great time together.”
Canada trailed 1-0 after the first end before Armstrong executed a hit for three in the second. The Canadians widened their lead to 5-1 thanks to a two-point steal in the third. Korean skip Jong-Pan pulled it back to 6-4 with a draw for two in the sixth, but his draw attempt in the next end came up short and left Canada with a four-point end. The Koreans extended the handshake and the game was over in the seventh end with Canada coming out on top 10 to 4.
Ina Forrest who played vice skip in this match said the win was a complete team effort.
"Everyone brings something different to the table,” said Forrest. “We had a lot of rocks in the house so it gives you the opportunity to get more points. That always makes for a better game.”
Canada and Russia remain at the top of the round-robin standings with six wins and one loss.
Armstrong’s analysis of the standings help put a better understanding on Canada’s position.
“We are tied with Russia in winning the same amount of games,” he said. “But we've played Russia before and beaten them - so let's see what happens. It will be great if the ice conditions stay as they are. Then over the next few days, we can just keep practicing perfecting our shots.”
Tomorrow Canada plays Slovakia (4-3) at 9:30 a.m. and Finland (1-6 ) at 15:30 in the Ice Cube.
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