Posted at 3:55 pm on March 16, 2013
Rachel Homan has never been known to bend under pressure, but that’s exactly what happened when her Canadian team kicked off their round robin of 2013 World Women’s Curling Championship. Canada stumbled early in their game against Scotland, losing the match 6-4.
It was a highly anticipated match up. Canada and Scotland are two of the strongest curling nations, and when you combine that with the fact that both teams are being represented by young and exciting teams, this game was a curling fan’s dream. It would also prove to be a very difficult game, as Homan and Muirhead are two of the game’s best teams.
After surrendering a deuce in the first end, Canada attempted a blank in the second. On Homan’s final stone, however, Alison Kreviazuk’s foot caught the edge of the side bumper and fell to the ice, burning the shot stone. The mishap resulted in a steal of one, extending Scotland’s lead to three.
Canada fought their way back, making it a close game. With the hammer in the 9th end, Canada had an opportunity to tie the game with a routine draw on Homan’s final shot of the end. But the rock came in heavy, sailing too far to the back of the house and giving Scotland a steal of one. This gave the Scots a two point edge with only one end to go. Canada wasn’t able to manufucture enough offense in the final end, and took the loss.
Canada’s next game will be on Sunday, when they face home-team Latvia. Scotland will take on Sweden.