Canada's Holland on a roll at curling worlds
Regina's Amber Holland is on a nice roll at the Capital One world women's curling championship.
Holland's rink defeated the United States 9-6 in the 11th draw Tuesday after dispatching the Czech Republic 7-4 earlier in the day. Canada has now won three straight games to boost its record to 4-3.
"All wins are important this week," Holland said. "So it was key for us to come out and get a couple of wins on the board to make sure we're staying where we need to in the standings and we're moving forward with what we need to do."
The Canadians moved into a tie with China, Denmark and Russia for third in the overall standings. Sweden's Anette Norberg (6-1) sits in first, with Switzerland's Mirjam Ott (5-2) close behind.
Holland added her team has become more in tune with the ice conditions as the tournament has progressed.
"We're feeling a bit more comfortable with what's going on out there and that shows in our shot making," she said. "We're taking it one game at a time and just focusing on what we need to do right now ... just focusing on the rock in hand and paying real attention to what the ice is giving us and not fighting it.
"We're just, 'Let's go with it and keep making shots."'
It's an approach that will certainly be put to the test Wednesday when Holland takes on both Switzerland and Sweden.
The Canadian rink broke a 5-5 tie with two in the eighth after the Americans had scored two of their own in the seventh. The U.S. scored one more in the ninth but Canada finished with two in the 10th.
"We felt we were in control all the way through," Holland said. "The seventh end was a bit scary when we had a little blip but we were in control for the rest of the game."
Earlier, Holland curled at an impressive 95 per cent success rate against the Czechs, taking control with three in the fourth end for a 4-1 lead.
The Czechs rallied with singles in the fifth and sixth, but Canada added two in the seventh and another in the eighth for a 7-3 advantage.
The Czechs rounded out the scoring with one on the ninth.
"It's just a little bit of getting comfortable with everything about us on the ice," Holland said after the game versus the Czechs. "The first couple of games we lost, we lost because we just didn't pick up on what wasn't going well, and that's key."