Martin's rink remains unbeaten
By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
Kevin Martin of Canada throws a rock during the Olympic men's curling at the Vancouver Olympic Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, Feb. 22. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI AGENCY)
VANCOUVER — Can a curling team avenge a hockey loss? Probably not. But that was the motivation.
It was Canada-USA Monday morning in curling and after the hockey team lost 5-3 to the USA the night before, Canada’s curlers wanted to make sure they did what they could to gain some measure of revenge.
“We wanted to win one for Canada after the hockey game last night,” said third John Morris. “We didn’t want to get beat two days in a row by the USA.”
No problem. Kevin Martin’s team scored a 7-2 win to remain unbeaten run in the round-robin to 8-0. Beating the U.S. is one thing. Battling complacency is the real challenge now for Team Canada.
“We came out with a little complacency today,” said Martin of ending up down 2-1 after three ends against John Shuster’s U.S. squad. “As soon as they put a scare into us we came together. It was good to see the fire in our guys.”
“We were sloppy to start off. Sometimes that happens when you have a playoff spot wrapped up early.
Martin, Morris, Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert complete the round-robin Tuesday with a meaningless game against last-place China.