Canada beats Great Britain 9-6 in women's curling
Canadians undefeated in round robin
Canada kept their undefeated streak going by beating Great Britain 9-6 in women's curling to push their record to 3-0 at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday.
Canada, led by Jennifer Jones, faced their first real test coming off dominant wins over 9-2 over China and 9-3 over Sweden on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
Eve Muirhead, the 23-year old skip who led Scotland to a 2013 World Championship, followed through with expectations to lead Great Britain to a strong challenge against Canada. The two skips battled fiercely right into the final end.
Up 8-6 going into the final end, Canada looked to be into as Great Britain was looking at scoring a double until Jones got a clutch take out, leaving just one stone near the button.
Muirhead had the hammer with :30 remaining, but the result of her triple take out attempt to win the game went awry, resulting in a steal of one for Canada.
"It was a gamble, but I wouldn't have gone for it if I didn't think it was there. These shots are always going to be a gamble. That's the skip; they get the glory if they make them and all the slack if they miss them, and that was one of those shots," said Muirhead.
"We're an aggressive team and we like to call an aggressive game. I'm not one of those glory hunters that would [just] go for it. I thought it was there, I just didn't quite get out to it enough," she added.
The skips battled hard where Jones tossed 85% and Muirhead went for 83%. There was very little separation between the opponents early in the match and that was the continued trend throughout.
The biggest Canadian highlight was the moment right before the conclusion of the fifth end where Muirhead's final stone sat just short of the rings to play guard for a potential steal of two.But Jones stuck back, shooting a major take out which earned three points to bring it to 6-3 lead for Canada.
Britain pulled it closed after six ends, bringing it to 6-5, but Jones was able to to keep distance securing a single in the seventh end to stay up by two. Muirhead came out of a tough eighth end, finishing with two of the four stones in the house but only could muster one point.
"I probably would have thrown the draw to go to the extra. It was a tough triple to get everything to spin out," Jones said about Muirhead's ambitious final attempt.
Canada continues in the round robin on Thursday as they take on undefeated Switzerland.