Canada Battles Back

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Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (ISN)

March 31, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Canada’s Brad Jacobs, Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harden continue to roll at the World Championship with an 8-6 win over Finland’s Aku Kauste.

Kauste scored 4 in the 3rd end to take a 4-1 lead but the Jacobs rink battled back and was able to close it out in the 9th end.

“We didn’t get down on each other after we gave up the big four,” said Jacobs “In the past, we probably would have. But we’ve learned from our mistakes in the past We’re here to fight every single rock of every end, and we were able to do that, and we got a break with a couple misses from them. We’ll take it.”

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Norway’s Christoffer Svae keeps an eye on the line during Draw 3 action at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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Thomas Ulsrud of Norway gives a fist pump after making his shot at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

In the only other game of the early draw, Norway’s Thomas Ulsrad scored 2 in the 10th end to defeat Switzerland’s Sven Michel 8-7. With the win Ulsrud improves his record to 1-1 and moves into a 4-way tie for 3rd.

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The Czech Republic’s Jiri Snitil barks out commands during Sunday action at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

The afternoon draw saw the Czech Republic’s Jiri Snitil rink rebound after a tough 12-5 loss to China, scoring on the last rock to down Russia’s Andrey Drozdov 7-6.

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Team Russia’s Alexey Stukalskiy (L) and Alexey Tselousov (R) put brooms to ice during Draw 4 action at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

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Lean on Me, Russia’s Andrey Drozdov appears to need a shoulder to lean on from teammate Alexey Stukalskiy after falling to 0-3 at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

Japan’s Yusuke Morozumi saw a 5-2 lead over the USA’s Brady Clark disappear in the 5th end but managed to score 1 with the hammer in the 10th end to earn a 7-6 victory.

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Scotland’s Dave Murdoch improved to 2-0 with a 5-4 win over Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Victoria, BC. (photo by Glenn ivens)

Scotland’s Dave Murdoch stole 1 in the 9th then scored 1 in the 10th to down Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne 5-4 and China’s Riu Lui got the better of Sweden’s Niklas Edin 5-4 to round out Draw 4 action.

Canada and Scotland are atop the standings at 2-0 with a head to head match scheduled for tonight. China, Sweden and the Czech Republic are tied for 2nd at 2-1 with byes for draw 5.

 

To view more of my images from Day 1 of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship please visit my ISN Gallery.

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