SAINT JOHN, N.B. - For Rachel Homan, St. Paddy's Day was all about the luck o' the Irish; even for Canadians, eh?
Two dominating performances Monday from skipper Homan and her Ottawa crew of lead Lisa Weagle, second Alison Kreviazuk, and third Emma Miskew have them back in rarefied air at the World Women's Curling Championship at Harbour Station.
After stealing her way to an early 8-2 win over Madeleine Dupont's Danes in the afternoon, Homan’s rink dominated again Monday night against its American rivals skipped by Brampton, Ont., native Allison Pottinger, beating the Stars-and-Stripes crew 9-3 in six ends to go to 4-1. Canada is tied for second behind the only undefeated team, Binia Feltscher’s Switzerland rink.
Feltscher went to 5-0 with a 7-3 win over Denmark Monday night.
Pottinger, now playing out of St. Paul, Minn., was undefeated heading into play Monday, but lost twice after dropping an 8-5 decision to Sweden in the morning.
In fact, the Canada-U.S. game was closer than it appeared, if that's possible.
Pottinger made an amazing tap-back against four Homan stones in the third end to stop Homan from taking a 6-0 lead.
It looked like the Americans had trouble with their rocks all night, questioning weight and line, and the crew never seemed comfortable in the hack.
Homan's four in the fourth really set the tone for the game's early ending.
It was back to that comfortable place for Homan after losing the team's first competitive game in a very long time Sunday.
“We feel more comfortable knowing the different lines on the different sheets. Now that we have that under our belts we feel more comfortable," she said.
For Pottinger, who held her club in the game as long as possible, she reflected on a draw that offered few positive messages moving forward.
"I don't know how much post-game discussion we are going to have on shot selection and brooming. We just had a hard time,” she said.
On the other hand, Kreviazuk says her team learned a lot.
"We were a little off yesterday; a little unsure of the conditions.,” she said.
“Today we learned from those mistakes. We really took them into these games and it proved to be successful."
Other evening results saw the Chinese win their third in a row, beating Scotland to go to 3-2, and Germany beat the Czechs 8-5.
In the afternoon draw, the inundated Danes who have been on the wrong end of some long scores, took the defeat to Canada better then the shellacking they took at the hands of the Americans Sunday.
"We were terrible last night, so we actually played way better," said Dupont.
"It wasn't completely satisfying, but it actually was a big improvement from last night. We just felt better than we have done so far. It's just fact they are a better team. No big worries."
It was an afternoon draw where the favourites roared back after a loss. Co-favoured Sweden laid it on the Latvians 10-3 to raise their record to 4-1.
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In other play Monday afternoon it was Scotland winning their second draw defeating the Czechs 6-4, while Korea defeated Russia in an extra end. In Morning play it was China 8, Korea 6; Sweden 8, U.S. 5; Switzerland 8, Latvia 2; Russia 7, Germany 3.
• Canada has two draws Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. EST vs. Latvia, and then against Kerry Barr's Scottish crew at 6:30 p.m. EXT.
- with files from Jim Morris