Canada’s Einarson dominates Brazil at Pan-Continental Curling Championship to clinch berth at Women’s Worlds


Canada’s Kerri Einarson booked a ticket to the women’s world championship with a 10-2 victory over Brazil in the inaugural pan-continental curling championships in Wednesday night’s draw in Calgary.

At the start of the event, Einarson’s rink in Gimli, Manitoba needed a top-five finish to secure entry into the world championship, which takes place March 18-26 in Sandviken, Sweden. . The Canadians are currently tied for first with the United States (5-0), which they will face on Thursday.

As host nation, Canada already has a spot in the men’s playoffs April 1-9 in Ottawa.

Canada opened the competition with a first end of three points before Brazil (0-6) got on the board with a point in second. Leading 4-1 after the fourth set, Canada (5-0) scored four combined runs in the next two sets.

Brazil scored a single in the seventh before Canada scored two in the eighth end to close the game.

“You definitely want to keep growing and getting stronger and stronger with every game,” Einarson said. “That’s what we’ve been working on. I think we can still be a bit more specific and figure things out earlier, but I think we’re in a good position.”

Canada beat Australia 11-6 in the afternoon tie.

In other results of the evening, Japan beat Australia 11-1, the United States beat Kazakhstan 9-0 and New Zealand beat Hong Kong 8-6.

Earlier, Canada’s Brad Gushue won his second game of the day with an 11-3 victory over South Korea in the men’s final game at the Winsport Event Centre.

Gushue’s team from St. John’s, NL, defeated Japan 11-2 early in the game before handing South Korea (3-1) their first loss of the tournament.

The Canadians (3-1) started with a four-point first end and made it 5-0 after the second. After South Korea bounced back with two runs in the third, Gushue recorded a five-run fourth end to move up 10-2.

The two teams exchanged one-point volleys before South Korea captain Byeongjin Jeong conceded after the sixth end.

“I’m surprised he’s as unbalanced as he was. Having four in the first end and then (Jeong) made a mistake in the second getting stuck, and I think that cut the wind for them I thought our team executed really well,” Gushue said.

Canada will next face Australia and then New Zealand on Thursday.

In other late draw results, Australia beat Brazil 10-2, the United States beat Japan 10-7 and New Zealand edged Chinese Taipei 6-3.

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