After falling to Switzerland in a close contest on Tuesday afternoon, Team Canada (Photo: WCF/Stephen Fisher) finished Day 4 at the 2023 Women's Worlds with a dominant victory over Team New Zealand in Draw 11.
By: Dylan Chenier
Team Canada's Tuesday at the 2023 World Women's Curling Championship was a day of mixed results for Kerri Einarson's rink, as the squad suffered a loss in the afternoon draw against Team Switzerland before rebounding to defeat New Zealand in the evening, closing out the fourth day of competition in Sandviken, Sweden.
Facing defending champions Silvana Tirinzoni and Team Switzerland in the afternoon draw, the Canadians struggled with the ice conditions and only scored two points in the second half of the draw. After Team Einarson started the game with hammer, the two rinks would swap deuces in the first two ends, with Canada taking a 4-2 lead after three ends of play.
The Swiss would take a one-point lead heading into the break after fourth rock thrower Alina Patz was left with a shot for three on her last throw in the fifth end. The second half is when Canada's troubles really came into view, with the rink giving up a steal of one in six to trail 6-4.
After a blank in seven, Einarson was forced to settle for one in eight before stealing a single point in nine, tying the game at 6-6, but giving the hammer back to Switzerland with just one end remaining. Tirinzoni's rink would put it away in the tenth end, with Switzerland picking up one more point to win 7-6.
Despite the close score, both teams seemed to struggle with the ice conditions, as all four back-end players missed a number of important throws throughout the game. However, Team Tirinzoni made the necessary shots when they counted the most, including Pattz's throw for three in the third end, putting the Swiss ahead for the first time in the game.
On paper, it was the thirds who seemed to struggle the most, with Team Canada's Val Sweeting curling just 59 per cent on 20 shots. Sweeting's biggest struggles seemed to come with her draw weight, with the player curling a disappointing 43 per cent on seven draws.
With the victory, Switzerland remains the only undefeated team left in this year's event, with the rink improving to 6-0. Meanwhile, Canada's loss marked the team's second defeat of the tournament after they fell to Team USA in Draw 3 on Sunday morning.
Team Eianrson was forced to park the disappointment of its loss to Switzerland rather quickly, as the rink was back on the ice just a few hours later to face Team New Zealand in the evening draw. While Canada struggled considerably at times against Switzerland, it was a very different story as Einarson faced Bridget Becker and Team New Zealand.
Going up against a rather inexperienced squad competing in its first world championship, Einarson's rink scored early and often, with Canada leading 6-3 at the break. After scoring two more in the eighth, New Zealand trailed 10-4, with Becker's team conceding, handing Canada its fifth win of the tournament.
In the stats department, Canada's entire team made noticeable improvements following its afternoon loss to Switzerland, with the entire rink curling above 70 per cent, including an impressive 86 per cent by skip Einarson.
Following a busy day in Sandviken, Canada now sits at 5-2, tied with a number of teams for second place in the standings. Einarson's team is back on the ice tomorrow afternoon as Canada faces Team Germany in Draw 13.