Finland flattens Canada 12-1 in wheelchair curling
Last-seeded Finns win in just 6 ends
By Isaac Owusu, CBC Sports Posted: Mar 13, 2014 10:17 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 13, 2014 10:51 PM ET
Finland's wheelchair curlers absolutely flattened Canada 12-1 in six ends on Thursday at the Sochi Paralympics, dropping to second place behind Russia in the final round-robin standings.
It was a stunning defeat for Canada, which earlier in the day had beaten Slovakia 16-0 in six ends.
The loss is Canada's second of the tournament and Finland's second victory — a classic example of worst beats first.
"My mother told me there would be days like this," Canadian skip Jim Armstrong said after the game. "It happens. We were just on the wrong side of it the whole day.
"Fortunately, it was a game that didn't have a lot of impact. It's not the first game and it won't be the last."
Skip Tuomo Aarnikka led Finland to a strong second end in which the team claimed a steal of five. Canadian lead Sonja Gaudet mustered Canada's first point in the sixth and final end, earning a single with the hammer.
"The big thing is I missed my draw in the second end and that was it," Armstrong said. "Had I made that, I'm sure it would have been a different game."
The loss puts Canada's round-robin record at seven wins and two losses. Russia sits in first with eight wins and a single loss.
Canada will meet China in the semifinals on Saturday, while Russia will meet Great Britain. (Both games will be streamed live at 1:30 a.m. ET on cbc.ca/paralympics.)
Sweden, Slovakia, Finland and Korea are out of the tournament.
With files from the Paralympic News Service