Canada falls short of podium at curling worlds

Canada's skip Kevin Koe (R) bites his fingernails next to his teammate third Pat Simmons at the...

Canada's skip Kevin Koe (R) bites his fingernails next to his teammate third Pat Simmons at the World Men's Curling Championships. Canada finished fourth. (REUTERS)

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Team Canada fell short in its bid for a medal at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship in Beijing, China.

Kevin Koe’s Canadian team from Calgary — third Pat Simmons, second Carter Rycroft, lead Nolan Thiessen, alternate Jamie King, team coach John Dunn, national coach Rick Lang — bowed 7-5 to Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz on Sunday at Capital Gymnasium in the bronze-medal game.

The Swiss stole single points in the first two ends, and padded their lead with deuces in the sixth and ninth ends en route to the victory.

“We definitely didn’t want to lose that game,” said Thiessen. “But after yesterday, it was tough to get fired up. But no excuses. They played better than us.”

Team Canada had two chances on Saturday to reach Sunday’s gold-medal game, but fell short to Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud in the Page playoff 1-2 game, and then to Sweden’s Oskar Eriksson in the semifinal. Norway met Sweden for the gold medal overnight Monday.

“I thought we played well in the 1-2 game and the semi,” sad Koe. “We were very close. But in games like that where the other teams are playing well, you have to make the last shot of the end sometimes and we let our chances slip away.”

Koe said he was proud of the way the team performed in Beijing.

“That’s the way we’ve always done things,” he said. “Some people might not like our style or our game. But we fight. It’s not always the prettiest, but we get things done. I’m proud of the guys. We had a great run. World championship, two Brier titles, a Brier final — obviously this was very disappointing, but it’s been a great team.”

 


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