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Wright, Team Canada drop first game to Latvia at wheelchair worlds

Canada falls 7-6 after Latvia scores two in final end to secure victory; to face Korea, Norway Monday

Things got off to a less than perfect start for Moose Jaw’s Marie Wright and her Team Canada teammates at the world wheelchair curling championships in Stirling, Scotland on Sunday.

Wright and her rink of skip Mark Ideson, third Collinda Joseph and second Jon Thurston dropped a 7-6 decision to Latvia’s Polina Rozkova to open their appearance at the event, a loss that was as back-and-forth as could be.

Latvia wasted no time getting on the board, stealing three in the first and building a 5-1 lead by the fifth end break. Canada got all of that back in the sixth with a four-ender and then stole one in the seventh to go up 6-5. They’d be unable to hold off Latvia in the final frame, though, as they picked up their deuce to earn the victory.

Wright and Team Canada are back in action Monday when they take on Korea (0-1) in the morning draw and Norway (0-0) in the evening.

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