Russia and Canada win the gold medals
beat Canada in the women's final this afternoon in Jeonju with a final score of
5-4. The game was close on the scoreboard but not really on the ice.
The Russians put pressure on Canada from the start but lost a single in the
second when Canada put a good shot on the tee that they were never able to
They continued and in the third end Russia scored a double but Mandy Selzer
saved Canada from even more with a double take-out with her last shot.
Canada blanked the fourth and fifth ends but then had to single the sixth
with a draw against two Russians stones. In the seventh Canada decided that they
hade to attack but the Russian soft take-out game put pressure on the Canadians.
It looked like Canada was to score a triple but Privivkova ended up behind
the tee with her first shot allowing Selzer to play a perfect freeze with her
last stone. Privivkova decided for the draw but came up short, in principle her
only miss of the day.
In the eighth Russia soon hade two counters and Canada was unable to get any
take-out to stay in the house (rolled off) and Russia put the second stone back
all the way through to score a double.
Canada scored a single in the ninth and had a corner guard in the tenth when
Mandy Selzer played her last stone. She wasn't able to hide behind it with her
last stone and Privivkova made no mistake. Russia won the gold medal.
It was a simple mistake in the fifth but it ended up costing Sweden the game.
Going into the fifth, the score was 1-0 to Sweden. It started out with a regular
opening, Sweden puts up a guard and Canada comes around but doesn't hide more
than a part of the stone. Swedish lead Emanuel Allberg tried to remove it but
rubbed the guard and missed.
Canada then played focused the rest of the end and were able to hide another
stone behind the guard. Sweden tried double raises but never connected and in
the end Charley Thomas had an open house for a triple.
Swedn was able to work their way back with singles in the sixth and the
seventh but in the eight they lost three when Swedish skip Nils Carlsén tried an
extremely hard peeling (about 5 secs, no kidding) to remove three Canadian
counters but didn't hit it right leaving an open take-out for another
triple for Charley Thomas.
Canada then guarded their lead and ran Sweden out of stones in the tenth.
Canada lost to both Sweden and Scotland in the round-robin which probably let
the others be the favorites. Canada re-grouped and played focused and well
during the rest of the week and played two excellent games in the semifinal and
All in all it can be said that the most consistent team won both tournaments.