SOCHI, Russia, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The last time Canada met Korea in
Paralympic wheelchair curling action was in 2010 at the gold medal game
in Vancouver. So, in a way today's game was a rematch of the two
powerhouses from four years ago. The obvious difference this time is
the makeup of the Korean team. While Canada's team is made up of three
2010 veterans and two newcomers, the Korean team has only one member,
Myungjin Kim, from their silver medal squad. They headed in today's
match with a middle of the pack record of two wins and four losses.
Playing Korea always keeps Canada on their toes, especially skip Jim
Armstrong who commented, "They kept it exciting. We didn't mean for
that to happen, but it did. They are a great team. We play them a few
times every year, and they usually come to Canada every year since they
have done some training in Vancouver. We always have a great time
Canada trailed 1-0 after the first end before Armstrong executed a hit
for three in the second. The Canadians widened their lead to 5-1 thanks
to a two-point steal in the third. Korean skip Jong-Pan pulled it back
to 6-4 with a draw for two in the sixth, but his draw attempt in the
next end came up short and left Canada with a four-point end. The
Koreans extended the handshake and the game was over in the seventh end
with Canada coming out on top 10 to 4.
Ina Forrest who played vice skip in this match said the win was a
complete team effort.
"Everyone brings something different to the table," said Forrest. "We
had a lot of rocks in the house so it gives you the opportunity to get
more points. That always makes for a better game."
Canada and Russia remain at the top of the round-robin standings with
six wins and one loss.
Armstrong's analysis of the standings help put a better understanding on
"We are tied with Russia in winning the same amount of games," he said.
"But we've played Russia before and beaten them - so let's see what
happens. It will be great if the ice conditions stay as they are. Then
over the next few days, we can just keep practicing perfecting our
Tomorrow Canada plays Slovakia (4-3) at 9:30 a.m. and Finland (1-6 ) at
15:30 in the Ice Cube.
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SOURCE: Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC)
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