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Day 3 on the sheet: Canada gets big win over Switzerland to stay atop standings

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By: AP By: AP
By: Cara Cooper and E.Jay Zarett

The United States split its matches on day three of mixed doubles round robin curling action, falling to China before topping Norway.

Here are the complete results from every game on day three.

Canada 8, Olympic Athletes from Russia 2

Both teams entered the game with a 4-1 record in mixed doubles round robin play. It was Canada who took control early.

The Canadian team tallied three points in the first frame and added another in the second to jump out to an early lead. It never looked back.

The OAR answered with a score in the third, but Canada responded with two points in the fourth and two more in the sixth to increase its lead to six. The OAR conceded following that end.

With the win and losses from the OAR and Norway, Canada now sits in first place of the mixed doubles round robin standings with one game remaining, and it will advance to the semifinals. Despite the loss, the OAR has also clinched a spot in the semifinal round by virtue of owning a head-to-head advantage over China. 

Switzerland 6, South Korea 4

Switzerland appeared to be heading for an easy win as it held a 3-0 advantage through the first two ends.

South Korea scored its first point of the match in the third before Switzerland extended its lead to 5-1 in the fifth. The teams traded points over the next two ends, and South Korea headed into the final frame trailing 6-2.

South Korea nearly erased its deficit in the eighth as it registered two points, but it wasn’t enough as Switzerland held on for the win.

Switzerland moves to 4-2 with the victory, while the host country falls to 2-4. Switzerland will advance to the semifinals if it tops the OAR on Saturday night. 

China 10, Finland 5

China opened the match with three quick points. Finland, however, tallied three of its own to tie the score through two ends.

But China scored five points over the next two frames to take a commanding lead. Finland conceded following the seventh frame, as China added two more points to increase its advantage to five.

Finland remains winless in round robin play, while China sits at 3-3.

USA 10, Norway 3

For complete coverage of the Hamilton siblings’ win over Norway, click here.

Canada 7, Switzerland 2

The top two mixed doubles curling teams in PyeongChang met in round robin play Friday night, but in the end, Canada proved why it is the No. 1 team in the world, defeating Switzerland 7-2.

Switzerland stole a point in the opening end, but it was all Canada from there. Kaitlyn Lawes had a perfect throw knock a Swiss rock out of the button for four points in the second end.

Lawes and her partner, John Morris, continued to dominate from there, holding Switzerland to just a single point over the final four ends. Switzerland even attempted the power play option in the fifth to no avail. Canada scored one point in the fourth, fifth and sixth ends, forcing a Swiss concession of the final two ends.

Lawes play was so good that it had one commentator calling it “one of the finer games of mixed doubles curling I’ve ever seen.”

Canada, which sits atop the standings in PyeongChang, has never won a mixed doubles world championship, but looks like the favorite for gold through six games.

Team OAR 6, South Korea 5

It took an extra end, but on its final throw, Team OAR was able to get a takeout and land on the button to pick up a single point in the ninth for a 6-5 victory over South Korea.

South Korea led the game 2-1 through three before OAR regained the lead with two in the fourth and one more in the fifth.

South Korea picked up two points for the tie in the eighth on a takeout throw by Hyeji Jang that landed on the button and forced the extra end.

Norway 7, Finland 6

It took a closer look to be sure, but in the end, Norway was just an inch closer than Finland on the final throw of the extra ninth end, clinching a 6-5 victory.

Finland’s Oona Kauste and Tomi Rantamaeki missed out on their first win in PyeongChang by mere inches. The Finnish team took a 3-2 lead early until Norway scored three in the fifth end.

Two more points in the sixth and another in the eighth by Finland tied the score and kept its hopes of a first win alive by forcing extra throws.

But Norway’s hammer shot in the ninth just barely reached more in the button than the closest Finnish rock beside it, giving Norway the win and propelling it to the top of the standings.

China 6, USA 4

For complete coverage of the USA’s loss to China, click here.

Current Standings 

TeamW-L record
CAN 5-1
OAR 4-2
NOR 4-2
SUI  4-2
CHN 3-3
KOR 2-4


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