Canada pummels Slovakia 16-0 in wheelchair curling
Round robin match halted after 6 ends
By Isaac Owusu, CBC Sports Posted: Mar 13, 2014 8:22 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 13, 2014 8:22 AM ET
The Canadian wheelchair curling team beat Slovakia in a lopsided 16-0 victory in round robin play of the Paralympic tournament in Sochi on Thursday.
Canada coasted to the win from the opening. After stealing three in the opening end they never looked back, bringing the game to an early conclusion.
They scored at least two in each of the second and third ends, highlighted by their second bracket where they scored four with the hammer. Up 14-0, they added two more points in the sixth, prompting officials to call for an early finish.
"We don't like to run the score up, but we had the opportunity to use it to find our own game and that was the important part," said Canadian skip Jim Armstrong.
"You play the game end by end, and unfortunately it goes on the scoreboard sometimes," he added
The record setting victory for most points and the highest margin of victory keeps Canada tied with Russia for first place in the tournament standings with a 7-1 record.
"Maybe one decision was not so good, but we had a chance. In the first end we had the hammer, we had to play take-out until we played draw. They stole three points in the first end so it was very hard for us, said Radoslav Duris, Slovakian Skip.
"Canada played perfectly, so it was very hard."
In other round robin action, Korea edged Finland 7-6 with a steal of two in the eighth end to win. Great Britain needed an extra end to overcome the United States 8-7, while Sweden trounced Norway 11-1.
Canada and Russia remain the only two teams that have qualified for the semi-finals. Great Britain is in sole possession of third place with a 5-3 record, while China and Slovakia are both tied for the fourth and final spot with identical 4-4 records.
Each team will play again on Thursday in the final set of round robin games.
Canada will take on Finland at 7:30 a.m. ET (streaming live on cbc.ca/paralympics.)