CALGARY – Kerri Einarson’s five-game winning streak ended Thursday afternoon when Canada dropped a 5-5 decision against Japanese Sayaka Yoshimura at the Women’s Curling World Cup.
Einarson, who scored a wild 10-8 win over Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont in the morning draw, fell to 6-6 as she clung to sixth and last place in the playoffs.
Denmark (5-5) was alone in seventh place, but was able to overtake Canada as they have two games in their hands. The German Daniela Jentsch and the South Korean EunJung Kim came 5-6 and the Chinese Yu Han 4-6.
Depending on the result, the Manitoba-based team of Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Meilleur may have to go later check a scoreboard on Friday to see if they’ll play over the weekend.
Japan made a nice angle increase and scored two hits on the eighth end for a 6-3 lead. Canada responded with a tackle in ninth place, but Japan used a hammer to claim victory.
“When they do everything, it’s pretty hard,” said Einarson. “They played really well and got us into some difficult situations. I missed a few of my own which is unfortunate.”
In the morning game, Canada stole a single in game nine and played a strong tenth ending to Dupont To force a goal before she threw her last stone.
The six best teams in the field of 14 teams will also receive Olympic berths for their respective countries at the 2022 Games in Beijing. A last chance Olympic qualifier will take place in December.
Dupont opened with a first point of three points after Einarson was far with a setback. Canada responded with a five-point finish before Denmark regained the lead with another three-ender in the third. “The opposition is taking great shots in front of us and making us do great,” said the Canadian coach Heather Nedohin.
Einarson’s highlight role raise for a couple at the eighth end gave Canada a head start it wouldn’t give up.
“That was my only shot, and sometimes, if that’s your only shot, you will make it, “said Einarson.
There are still four round robin sessions left. There will be an evening draw on Thursday and three draws on Friday.
The World Curling Federation announced that television and streaming coverage will resume on Friday afternoon. It stopped last weekend after seven members of the event’s broadcast staff tested positive for COVID-19.
After other staff submitted another round of negative COVID-19 PCR test results on Thursday, Alberta Health approved a proposal for a modified production schedule for broadcasts, according to the WCF.
Qualifying and semi-final games will be played on Saturday at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Center. The medal games are scheduled for Sunday.
Canada looks to return gold to the podium for the first time since Jennifer Jones at the 2018 Playdowns in North Bay, Ont.