BEIJING – Canada found its winning ways again at the world wheelchair curling championships on Wednesday with decisive victories over South Korea and Slovakia on day five of round robin competition.
Canada is now tied for the sixth and the last playoff spot with Norway both with 5-4 records. The last two games for Canada before the playoff round are against Latvia (3-6) and Italy (2-7) on Thursday.
Against South Korea, the Canadians sealed the deal in the sixth end. Korean skip Jang Jaehyuk came up short with his last draw attempt, giving up a steal of three points and conceded defeat at that point with the final score 8-2 for Canada.
The Canadians also stole points in the second and fifth ends.
“It was very much needed,’’ said Canadian skip Mark Ideson about the victory over South Korea. Basically, the theme of the week for us has been consistency and we’re trying to find that.’’
In the night cap against Slovakia, Canada led 8-0 after five ends. By the end of the seventh it was 8-3 at which point the Slovakians conceded.
‘’You know, coming off lots of time off, we’re slowly improving and we’re trying to take advantage of the key moments in the games, which, some we’ve let slip away,’’ Ideson added. ‘’So, we’re just going keep working on that and keep working towards playing on the weekend.”
The players for Canada are Ideson, who throws lead rock, Ina Forrest, Dennis Thiessen and last shot Jon Thurston.
For more information about the 2021 World Wheelchair Curling Championship, including scores, schedules and team lineups, go to: worldcurling.org/events/wwhcc2021/
With files from the World Curling Federation