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(Posted 7:30 a.m., March 19)
Team Homan needs extra end to down Russia in high-scoring affair
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

Team Homan is one of three teams that remain undefeated on Day 2 of the World Curling Championships in Beijing, China after they outlasted Russia in a high-scoring affair that needed an extra end to decide a winner.

The Homan foursome started the game with last rock advantage after Rachel Homan outdrew Russian skip Anna Sidorova to the button for the honour prior to the start of the game. The Canadians took full advantage of the honour by posting three points on the board to take the early lead.

Orléans native Rachel Homan had to make a difficult double-raise takeout on her final shot in extra ends against Russia on Sunday to improve her record to 3-0 at the World Curling Championships in Beijing, China. Photo: Céline Stucki/WCF

Russia bounced back with a deuce in the second end when Homan's attempted double takeout on her last shot failed to remove the two Russian stones, leaving Sidorova a draw to the button to score her two points.

The two teams traded deuces over the next three ends including the fifth when Homan made a wonderful in-off on her final shot to push two Russian stones off the button to pick up her deauce.

The Russia foursome bounced back agan in the sixth end to score three points when Sidorova was able to bump the Canadian shot rock past two of her own using control weight and keep her shooter on the button.

With the game tied, Homan blanked the seventh end to theoretically regain the hammer in the remaining even numbered ends.

It worked out in her favour in the eighth when she took advantage of several Russian erros to score another deuce and take an 9-7 lead.

When it became apparent that Sidorava couldn't score multiple points in the ninth, she blanked the end to retain the hammer in the 10th. Needing two points to tie and three to win the game, the Russian skip could only score a deuce to force an extra end.

Homan ended the game and picked up the win with a difficult double-raise takeout on her final shot.

The win improved the Canadian foursome's record to 3-0, one win better than co-favourites Switzerland and the surprising Czech team which is also 2-0. The latter teams were both back on the ice for the evening draw which got underway at 7 a.m. EST.

After Sunday's win, Team Homan third Emma Miskew credited her skip with coming through in the 10th end when it mattered most.

“It was kind of a similar shot to what we needed to win the Scotties," said Miskew. "We’re still getting used to the ice (here), so it was a little bit of a guess in terms of where to put the broom and how to throw it, but she made a great shot. We’re going to have some tough battles going forward, so it’s nice to be three-and-0."

Team Homan will be back on the ice Monday morning local time (9 p.m. EST Sunday) to play Team USA. They then have a bye in the afternoon session before their highly-anticipated showdown against Switzerland at 7 p.m. local time on Monday, which is 7 a.m. EST. Both games will be televised on TSN.

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