Canada into tiebreaker at curling worlds
Holland's rink set for do-or-die vs. Switzerland
Canada's title hopes remain alive at the Capital One World Women's Curling Championship after a pair of crucial victories on Thursday in Denmark.
Regina's Amber Holland skipped her team to a 9-2 victory over South Korea, followed by an 8-6 win against Germany to earn a spot in a tiebreaker.
With a final round-robin record of 7-4, Holland finished tied for the final two of four playoff spots with Denmark and Switzerland. The Danes received the No. 3 seed because of their 2-0 record in head-to-head games between the tied rinks, leaving Canada (1-1 in those games) and Switzerland (0-2) to play a do-or-die match for the final playoff spot on Friday morning.
In order to capture gold, Canada must now win four consecutive games, starting with the tiebreaker against the Swiss team it beat 7-4 in the round robin.
Sweden (9-2) and China (8-3) earned the top two seeds, and will meet in Friday's 1 vs. 2 Page playoff, with the winner advancing directly to Sunday's final.
In Canada's morning romp over South Korea, Holland used a steal of four in the third end to take a commanding early lead, and she cruised to victory from there.
A steal also turned the game against Germany, with Holland nabbing a pair in the eighth to take a 7-5 lead, then trading singles over the final two ends to wrap it up.
"We've enjoyed the last few games," said Holland, whose rink started 1-3 before winning six of its last seven contests. "We've definitely been a lot more comfortable after our rough start."
With files from The Canadian Press