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.
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.
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.
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