Team Canada suffers quarter-final loss at World Mixed Championship

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World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2016

Team Canada’s unbeaten run at the 2016 World Mixed Curling Championship came to an end Friday morning in quarter-final play at the Sport Palace in Kazan, Russia.

Mick Lizmore’s Canadian team from Edmonton surrendered two points in the eighth end to fall 6-5 to Scotland’s Cameron Bryce.

Lizmore — backed by vice-skip Sarah Wilkes, second Brad Thiessen, lead Alison Kotylak and coach Melissa Soligo — finished the round robin with a perfect 7-0 record and defeatedthe  Czech Republic’s Jakub Bares 6-2 in the round of 16 earlier in the day. But with their first loss of the competition, the Canadians will not move on in the playoffs.

In a tense quarter-final, Canada got off to a shaky start, giving up a steal of two. But Lizmore battled back in the second with a pressure draw against two Scottish counters for a single and followed that up with a steal in the third to tie the game 2-2.

Leading 5-4 heading into the eighth, Lizmore came up heavy on his final draw, leaving Bryce a shot for two, and the 6-5 win.

Scotland, Sweden, Russia and South Korea advanced to the semifinals on Saturday at 2 a.m. ET. The gold- and bronze-medal games will take place at 7 a.m. ET, with broadcast and live-scoring on the World Curling Federation website, worldcurling.org/wmxcc2016

Canada was hoping to improve on its result at the inaugural World Mixed Championship last year in Berne, Switzerland, where Max Kirkpatrick’s team from Swift Current, Sask., also was knocked out in the quarter-finals after going 6-2 in the round robin.

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