It was over early.
Canada stole points in the first three ends and then cruised to a 9-3 victory over the United States in the morning draw today (Thursday) at the women’s world curling championship in Prince George.
“It was a little faster from our sheet yesterday, and we just didn’t adjust,” said the United States skip Cory Christensen.
“Right from the beginning we just weren’t executing well enough, and Team Canada was definitely playing super well.”
The Canadians held a commanding 7-1 lead at the fifth end break.
It was the fifth straight victory for Canada and moved the Kerri Einarson team from Manitoba into second place with a 7-2 record.
“I think we’re in a good headspace, and feeling very confident going into the rest of the week,” Einarson said.
Sweden is also 7-2, but Canada owns the tie-breaker based on their head-to-head result.
The Americans remain in the hunt for a playoff spot at 5-4 tied for fifth along with Denmark, Germany, Japan, and Norway.
Einarson made 88% of her shots while two of her teammates, Third Val Sweeting and Second Shannon Birchard were a whopping 97%.
“Briane [Meilleur] setting up the ends really well, Shannon’s cleaned them up if we need, or making those clutch shots, and Val’s been playing unreal as well,” Einarson said.
The linescore and player stats are right here.
In other games this morning: defending champion Switzerland improved to 9-0 with a 7-3 triumph over Denmark, Germany crushed winless Turkey 8-1 and Norway whipped the Czech Republic 7-1.
The top six teams qualify for the playoffs but only the top two advance directly to the semi-finals.
Canada has three round-robin games left: tonight at 7:00 against (6-2) Korea, tomorrow morning at 9:00 against Germany, and tomorrow night at 7:00 vs. (2-7) the Czech Republic.
Qualification games are scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1:00 in the afternoon followed by the semi-finals Saturday night at 7:00.
Medal games go Sunday morning at 11:00 (for bronze) and Sunday afternoon at 4:00 (for gold).
The full standings can be found here.
The full schedule and results are right here.