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Wright, Team Canada into playoff position at worlds

Five-game winning streak has Canada in fourth heading into play Friday

A rough start has turned into a complete and epic turnaround for Marie Wright and Team Canada at the world wheelchair curling championship in Stirling, Scotland

After starting the tournament with an 0-4 record, Canada has since reeled off five straight wins to vault into a tie with Korea for fourth place in the standings. With the top six advancing to the playoffs beginning Saturday, things suddenly look far rosier than they did at the beginning of the week.

The turnaround began during the evening draw on Tuesday, when Canada – including skip Mark Ideson, third Ina Forrest, second Jon Thurston and alternate Collinda Joseph – took a 5-3 victory over China, scoring one in the eighth end to secure the victory.

Team Canada pulled off an impressive comeback in their first game Wednesday against Slovakia, as trailing 7-5 heading into the seventh, they used the hammer to pick up one that end and then stole two in the final frame for the 8-7 win.

Things were far easier in their second game of the day against defending champion Russia, as deuces in the first and sixth ends were enough to pick up a 6-3 win.

Wright didn’t see action in Canada’s first three wins, with Joseph taking over at lead, but she was back on the ice Thursday and the hits kept on coming. Their first draw of the day saw Canada build a 6-1 lead through four ends against Germany on their way to a 7-2 victory; a steal of two in the fourth and a three-ender in the sixth then paced Canada to a 7-3 win over the United States.

Wright and Team Canada close out the round robin with games against Estonia (4-4) and Scotland (4-4) on Friday.


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