by Asif Hossain
February 15, 2014 (ISN) – Canada won three curling games on Saturday, with men’s and women’s teams both showing why they’re medal contenders at the Olympic Winter Games.
Team Jones jumps to 7-0 & semifinals
Team Jennifer Jones improved its record to 7-0 with two wins on Saturday, an 8-6 toppling of Japan in the morning session before beating Russia 5-3 in the evening to keep the unbeaten record intact. They also qualified for the semifinals.
“We feel pretty good, it was a great win out there. We’re just plugging right along and in a good position,” skip Jennifer Jones said after the game.
Japan, now with a 2-4 record women’s tourney, was never out of it and the game wasn’t decided until the ninth end.
“It was a battle back and forth,” lead Dawn McEwen said. “(Japan) played well. We got a steal at the ninth end that was nice.”
The Russians fall to 3-4 after the loss to unbeaten Canadians, who will take on USA and Korea over the next two days in their final round robin games.
Team Jacobs wins fourth straight
Saturday saw another big win on the men’s side as Team Brad Jacobs continues to fight back from a 1-2 start to their Olympic tournament. They’ve now rifled off four straight victories – this time beating Great Britain 7-5 – to improve their standing.
A poor surface caused problems and rocks piled up in the 10th end, but with a bit of overdue luck, Jacobs stole one when the British throw failed to clear. Team Jacobs is 5-2 in the tournament.
“The last end had a few bad picks and that resulted in us not looking good there, but we got lucky,” Jacobs said.
Team third Ryan Fry echoed the skip’s sentiment saying, “when you get bad breaks and a lot of picks you need to keep your focus, and we were able to do that.”
The men will have two games on Sunday against first place China (6-1), and USA (2-4).