Canada pulls out gutsy win over Japan in women’s curling
Vancouver Olympic Centre.
“It’s nice to pull one of those out of the hat,” Bernard said of the tilt with Japan, the second straight game she needed to make her final shot to register the win.
While Bernard was taking comfort in the win — and, as they say, a win is a win — third Susan O’Connor was a little more blunt in her assessment of Canada’s game so far.
“ We’re finding ways to win, but we’re not playing well,” she said.
Meguro, who upset American Debbie McCormick 9-7 in the tournament-opener, jumped all over a shaky Bernard early yesterday, stealing three in the second end thanks to a number of missed shots by the Canadians.
Canada countered with two in the third end and then stole another pair in the fifth. But the gritty Japanese, in the game despite Meguro’s poor shotmaking that was just 58 per cent, picked up a deuce in the sixth end for a 5-4 lead.
In the pivotal eighth end, Canada scored one after the Japanese looked to be set up for a steal of two. Meguro, however, was heavy on her last draw handing Bernard a chance to get out of the end with a draw against three for a piece of the button.
“ I had no shot until she missed that,” Bernard said. “It was a bonus to get out of that end.”
After Japan countered with one in the ninth end for a 6-5 lead, Canada got its deuce in the 10th when Bernard completed an open takeout for two, thanks in part to another poor shot by Japan, this time by the third who removed her team’s own guard.
“ We weren’t as good as we were Tuesday,” Bernard said, “and it’s funny because we felt really relaxed.
“ Technically, we weren’t as strong as we normally are. Sometimes we win ugly, but we know how to keep digging. We were a little sloppy, but that’s easy to fix.”
Canada plays the current European champion, Andrea Schoepp from Germany, today,
Kevin Martin’s men’s team, which is also 2-0, had the day off Wednesday. Martin and Co. play Sweden, which upset world champ Dave Murdoch of Great Britain in the first draw, and France today.