Canadian women's team face must-win game to advance to Olympic curling playoffs

Feb 16 2022, 5:35 pm

Jennifer Jones was straight to the point when asked what Canada needed to do to advance to the 2022 Olympic curling playoffs.

“We’ll just have to come on tomorrow a little bit sharper,” the Canadian skip Jones said following Canada’s 11-9 loss at the hands of China on Wednesday.

Canada carried a 8-5 lead after six ends against the hosts but scored just one point the rest of the way.

With a 4-4 record, Canada faces a four-team fight for the final playoff spot in Beijing.

Canada takes on Denmark at 1:05 am ET (Thursday)/ 10:05 pm PT (Wednesday) in their final round-robin match. To advance to the Olympic curling playoffs, they’ll need a win and some help along the way.

Three other matches: Switzerland-Japan, Sweden-Korea, and Great Britain-ROC, will be taking place simultaneously.

There are six scenarios where Canada makes it through with a win, with another two games decided based on the draw shot challenge (DSC). Canada sits last in the DSC rankings and would likely be ousted on a tiebreaker should it come to that.

“Hopefully, we can rebound tomorrow with a good one,” Canada’s Kaitlyn Lawes said.

The Canadian men qualified for the playoffs earlier on Wednesday after a pair of losses by Switzerland and ROC eliminated that pair of teams from contention.

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