Kerri Einarson and Team Canada (WCF / Jeffrey Au) picked up two wins 2023 World Women's Curling Championship on Monday in Sandviken, Sweden.
By: Dylan Chenier
After securing their third win of the 2023 World Women's Curling Championship on Monday morning in Sandviken, Sweden, Kerri Einarson and Team Canada were looking to add another victory to their record in the evening draw, as Canada faced off against Rebecca Morrison and a young Team Scotland in Draw 8.
Team Canada opened the scoring in the first end with Einarson making a short raise takeout on her last shot to put four points on the board.
Scotland would answer right back in the second end, as Morrison was able to make a shot for four after Einarson failed to freeze on the shot rock with her last stone. After just two ends of play, the game was already tied 4-4.
After forcing Canada to one in the third, Morrison was left with a crowded house on her last shot in four and would eventually give up a steal of one, allowing Einarson to take a 6-4 lead. Scotland would then rebound in the fifth with Morrison making a draw for one, which put Canada ahead 6-5 at the break.
Coming back in six, Einarson would make a draw for one on her last shot to score a single before Canada further extended its lead in the seventh with a steal of one. A second consecutive steal of one by Einarson in the eighth end would put Canada up 9-5 with just two ends of play remaining.
Morrison and Scotland would finally turn things around in the ninth with the skip making a shot to score two. Despite the much-needed two points, Team Canada would have hammer coming home in ten with Einarson's rink up by two.
In the final end of play, Einarson's team would add one more to its tally, with Canada taking the victory 9-5. "I think we had some really good rock placement [tonight]," Einarson said of her team's performance against Scotland. "We had a few execution errors, but we put some pressure on them and they had to make some really precise shots."
Monday's win marked Canada's second of the day after Einarson's rink defeated Team Italy and Stefania Constantini in the morning draw.
With five games on the books in Sweden, Team Canada sits in sole possession of second place in the standings with a 4-1 record. "[We're] feeling good. I think we're catching on to the ice and getting used to it, so that's good. We've just got to keep building each and every game," added Einarson.
Team Canada will look to add two more wins to its record on Tuesday, as the rink gets set to battle Silvana Tirinzoni and Team Switzerland in Draw 10 on Tuesday afternoon. With Switzerland currently sitting in first place at 5-0, a win for Canada would put the two rinks at an even record and would provide a boost for Team Einarson as the squad hits the halfway point of this year's tournament.
Draw 10 at the 2023 World Women's Curling Championship is set for 2:00 p.m. CET (9:00 a.m. ET) with the Canada vs Switzerland contest set to be broadcast live on TSN 1 and 4.
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