Canada bounces back at curling worlds to beat China

Canada's skip Kevin Koe delivers a shot between his teammates during a match against China at the...

Canada's skip Kevin Koe delivers a shot between his teammates during a match against China at the World Men's Curling Championships in Beijing March 30, 2014. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 5:53 PM ET

A mid-game momentum swing helped Team Canada get back into the win column on Sunday night at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship in Beijing, China.

Kevin Koe’s Canadian team from Calgary had spent a frustrating few hours at Capital Indoor Stadium earlier Sunday in losing 9-6 to Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi.

In the back half of their all-Asia doubleheader, the Canadians were down 3-1 to China’s Rui Liu, having given up a steal in the fourth end when Koe’s last-rock open takeout to score two overcurled to give the Chinese a point out of nowhere.

Canada generated a deuce in the sixth, then ratcheted up the pressure in the seventh to steal three when Liu’s last-rock draw was wide.

That five-point swing propelled Canada to a 9-6 victory to finish off a 2-1 opening weekend in Beijing.

“Obviously it’s a long week, but you don’t want to get yourself behind the 8-ball early, so obviously it was important to get some stuff figured out,” said third Pat Simmons. “It was a good, gutsy win for us, for sure.”

The Canadians are back on the ice for a pair of games on Monday, taking on Russia’s Evgeny Arkhipov (1-2) and Jíri Snítil of the Czech Republic (1-2).

In other Sunday night games, Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud pulled into a first-place tie in the 12-team round-robin standings at 3-0 with Germany’s Johnny Jahr with a 9-5 win over the Czechs.

Also, Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz (2-1) was a 6-5 winner over Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne (0-3), and Japan (2-1) added to the misery of Scotland’s Ewan MacDonald (0-3) with a 9-4 triumph.

 


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