Canada, Scotland, USA remain undefeated World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2022

Three Group B teams now have perfect records in Geneva, Switzerland to join Italy who are also three-from-three in Group A.

By Andrew Binner
Picture by Justin Setterfield

Group B contenders Canada, Scotland, and the United States remained tied at the top of the table after each taking their third consecutive win at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2022 on Sunday evening (24 April).

Canada's Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant, opened the day with an 8-2 win against Spain's Oihane Otaegi and Mikel Unanue before returning to the ice for a 10-5 romp over Turkey's Dilsat Yildiz and Muhammed Zeki Ucan.

The Beijing 2022 Olympians went down early to Spain in the first end, when a hit by Peterman went wrong allowing the Spaniards to open with a steal of one.

But Canada settled their nerves with two points in the second end, before stealing four points in the next three ends before eventually closing out with an 8-2 win in the seventh.

Their second match of the day got off to a similarly slow start with the teams tied at 2-2 after the fifth. Turkey, however, were soon left in the dust after the Canadians used their power play to full advantage, posting a five-point seventh end to seal the win.

Sibling act Becca and Matt Hamilton maintained their inspired form from their 12-6 victory over Turkey to later see off Spain 8-2.

A string of steals in the third, fourth and fifth end gave the American duo a 5-1 lead at the halfway point of their evening draw. Otaegi and Unanue had the chance to claw two back in the sixth, but Otaegi, heavy with her final draw, was only able to pick up one for Spain.

The United States then deployed its power play in the seventh to score three and end all hopes of Spanish resurgence.

Scotland’s Olympic medal winning couple Eve Muirhead and Bobby Lammie kept pace with Canada and the US by also notching a third consecutive win in Geneva.

Muirhead, who skipped Great Britain's women to gold at Beijing 2022, first flashed her impressive skillset when the pair from Scotland defeated Australia 9-4 in the opening draw of the day.

She later flexed her talents again on the ice when she and Lammie, an Olympic silver medallist for Team GB, conquered the Czech Republic 9-3.

A four point hit and roll delivered by Muirhead in the seventh proved to be a decisive blow for the already chasing Czech team of Julie Zelingrova and Vit Chabicovsky. Already down 5-3 before Muirhead's stellar shot they conceded the match to hand Scotland the win.

In Group A action, Beijing 2022 Mixed gold medallist Stefania Constantini led Italy to a tight 7-5 win over Korea alongside new partner Sebastiano Arman.

That win gives the Italians puts daylight between themselves and their Group A rivals in the rankings, on three wins and no losses.

Both Finland and Japan both recorded their first wins of the event.

The Scandinavians thrashed New Zealand 11-1 in six ends, while Japan secured an 8-6 win over Switzerland.

Norway beat Denmark by 9-2, while Sweden beat Estonia 10-8.

World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship updated schedule (all time CEST, GMT+2):

Monday 25 April

10:00 - Session 7: EST v NZL; FIN v SUI; KOR v SWE; DEN v ITA; JPN v NOR

14:00 - Session 8: TUR v ENG; HUN v ESP; SCO v CAN; AUS v CZE; USA v GER

18:00 - Session 9: FIN v SWE; NZL v JPN; ITA v EST; NOR v KOR; SUI v DEN

Tuesday 26 April

10:00 - Session 10: HUN v CAN; ENG v USA; CZE v TUR; GER v SCO; ESP v AUS

14:00 - Session 11: NZL v DEN; SWE v ITA; SUI v NOR; EST v FIN; KOR v JPN

18:00 - Session 12: ENG v AUS; CAN v CZE; ESP v GER; TUR v HUN; SCO v USA

Wednesday 27 April

10:00 - Session 13: NOR v EST; KOR v FIN; DEN v JPN; NZL v SWE; ITA v SUI

14:00 - Session 14: GER v TUR; SCO v HUN; AUS v USA; ENG v CAN; CZE v ESP

18:00 - Session 15: JPN v FIN; SUI v NZL; EST v KOR; ITA v NOR; DEN v SWE

Thursday 28 April

10:00 - Session 16: USA v HUN; ESP v ENG; TUR v SCO; CZE v GER; AUS v CAN

14:00 - Session 17: SUI v KOR; EST v DEN; NOR v NZL; SWE v JPN; FIN v ITA

18:00 - Session 18: ESP v SCO; TUR v AUS; GER v ENG; CAN v USA; HUN v CZE

Friday 29 April

09:00 - Qualification Game A2 v B3 and Relegation Games

12:30 - Qualification Game B2 v A3

16:00 - Semi-final B1 v A2/B3

19:30 - Semi-final A1 v B2/A3

Saturday 30 April

10:00 - Bronze Medal Game

14:00 - Gold Medal Game

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