Saturday, March 25, 2006

Canada Defeats Germany;
Faces US in World Semi-Final

Kelly Scott's Team Canada defeated Germany 8 -4 on Friday night and will face the US rink skipped by Debbie McCormick in the Semi-finals this afternoon in a game telecast by CBC.

Canada appeared to be in control of the game against Germany from outset, despite being forced to take one point in the first end , and despite never moving ahead decisively in the scoring. They will likely not have such control of the game this afternoon against the US. The US outcurled Canada substantially in their head-to-head round-robin match, and their shooting percentages at lead, second, skip and overall were noticeably higher than Canada's for the round robin as a whole.

It will be interesting to see if perhaps Canada plays a less-defensive game against the US. Team Canada 's strategy has been criticized for playing too defensively on the one hand, and, on the other hand, allowing opponents to place too many rocks in the rings early in several ends.


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