Canadian mixed doubles team stays unbeaten at worlds after win over Sweden

Canada 7 Sweden 6

STAVANGER, Norway — Canada’s Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant improved to 5-0 at the world mixed doubles curling championship with a 7-6 win over Sweden on Tuesday.

Winnipeg’s Peterman and Gallant, of St. John’s, N.L., scored one in the eighth and final end to edge Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg and Oskar Eriksson in a battle of unbeaten teams.

Hasselborg was light on a draw on its final stone, meaning Canada didn’t have to throw its last shot.

“That’s a tough team. Really happy with the win,” Gallant said. “It’s fun to play those games because it’s just a battle the whole time and you really have to pay attention to every shot and treat every shot with a lot of respect because if you leave the angles set up for Oskar or Anna, they make a lot of rocks go away in a hurry.”

Canada scored four in the sixth end to jump in front 6-3 before Sweden rallied to tie it.

Earlier Tuesday, Canada beat Christine and Martin Groenbech of Denmark 11-5.

Denmark shook hands after the seventh end.

Canada battles Hong Kong (1-4) on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Canada’s women’s team upped its record to 5-0 at the world senior championships at the same venue with a 12-2 win over Australia on Tuesday.

Sherry Anderson’s Saskatchewan rink, the defending world champions, scored six in the opening end.

“Overall things are feeling pretty good because we’re getting a good handle on the ice,” Canada third Patty Hersikorn said. “The ice does change a bit from day to day. A little bit frosty out there today, but I think we’re getting a good handle on that and it helps if we’re throwing it consistent too.”

Canada faces Hong Kong on Wednesday.

On the men’s side, Bryan Cochrane’s Ontario rink downed the Netherlands 14-1 to improve to 4-0.

“We as a team all agreed to use this as practice, stay focused on the practice,” Canada third Ian MacAulay said. “We’re trying freezes, board weight, hack weight trying all sorts of different shots out there.”

The Canadian men’s side meets Norway on Wednesday.

Playoffs in all three events start Friday, with finals on Saturday.

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