Canada beat Switzerland by 8-3 in Friday evening's Page one versus two Play-off game at the Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada.
This result puts Canada directly into Sunday evening's gold medal final while the Swiss will have a second chance to reach the final when they play in the sole semi-final against the winner of the Page three versus four Play-off game.
Canada blanked the first end and then opened the scoring in the second end with a draw for one point. The Canadians then moved into a clear 2-0 lead with a single-point steal in the third end when Switzerland skip Binia Feltscher came up short with her final stone. The next breakthrough for Canada came in the fifth end when skip Rachel Homan drew her final stone into the house to score two points and take a 4-1 lead.
In the sixth end, Switzerland's skip Binia Feltscher was facing five Canadian stones in the house when she came to play her last. She managed to get inside all of them with her draw to score one point and reduce Canada's lead to 4-2.
In the seventh end it was Canada's turn to be facing opposition counting stones when they played their own last stone, and Homan drew into the house for one point and a 5-2 lead.
In the eighth end, Homan rescued a potentially tricky situation with a cross-house double take-out, leaving Feltscher with no option but to draw her final stone into the house for one point that reduced the Canadian lead to 5-3.
Canada sealed their victory in the ninth end when Homan was able to avoid a front guard with her last stone and hit out a Swiss stone in the house to score three points for 8-3. Switzerland conceded straightaway after this.
Canada's skip Homan was understandably pleased about the game, saying, "this was the game we wanted to get to. Everybody made some really big shots, it was definitely a team effort out there and I'm really proud of my team for the show that they put on tonight." She added, "we're going to be nervous come the gold medal game, but it's going to be a good thing. It means a lot to us and we want to bring back gold for Canada."
After the game Switzerland's Feltscher was generous about her opponents, saying, "Canada were the better team in that game. I'm not completely disappointed because we have a second chance to reach the final now in the semi-final, and I don't mind which team we'll play in that."
Earlier, Korea had beaten Sweden by 7-5 in the tie-breaker game to determine fourth place on the rankings. This result means that Korea will now face Russia in Saturday morning's Page three versus four Play-off, with the winner playing Switzerland in the semi-final for the chance to move onto the final and the loser eventually playing the semi-final loser for bronze medals, on Sunday.
Page 1v2: Canada 8, Switzerland 3.
Tiebreaker: Korea 7, Sweden 5.
Canada (to play Gold medal game)
Switzerland (to play Semi-final against winner of 3v4 Play-off)
3. Russia (to play 3v4 Play-off)
4. Korea (to play 3v4 Play-off)
9. Czech Republic
SCHEDULE (all times local ADT)
Saturday 22 March
09:00 Play-off 3v4: Russia v Korea
14:00 Semi-final: Switzerland v winner of 3v4 play-off
Sunday 23 March
12:00 Bronze Medal Game
19:30 Gold Medal Game: Canada v winner of semi-final
World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Saint John. WCF Broadcast Partners for the event include TV4 in Sweden, Russia 2 in Russia, CCTV in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil. TSN is carrying coverage in Canada (RDS in Quebec). www.worldcurling.org/wwcc-2014-tv-web-tv-programme-schedule
In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV And embedded on the hompage of the WCF Website www.worldcurling.org
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The World Women’s Curling Championship 2015 will take place in Sapporo, Japan, from 14-22 March in the Tsukisamu Gymnasium.