Offence aplenty as Canada destroys France

Kevin Martin’s Canadian rink came through with their best offensive game of the tournament as they discarded of France’s Thomas Dufour 12-5 after eight ends at the Vancouver Olympic Centre Thursday night.

Canada took advantage of Dufour’s mistakes early as Martin’s rink stole three points in the second end when the French wrecked on a guard with his last rock.

After France responded with two points in the third end, Team Canada’s John Morris made a difficult tap-back take out, leading to a game-breaking five points for Canada.

Canada sits alone atop the standings with a 4-0 record and will face Denmark’s Ulrik Schmidt in its next match on Saturday.

This game also marked the Olympic debut of Team Canada’s alternate, Adam Enright.

The 26 year-old Enright took over for lead Ben Hebert after five ends and overcame a shaky first end to curl an overall 81 per cent.

Great Britain’s David Murdoch kept his medal hopes alive as he improved his record to 2-2, defeating Denmark 7-6.

Murdoch pulled ahead 6-4 after scoring three in the eighth end but Schmidt responded with two of his own to tie the game.

Great Britain finished the game with some strong offense and scored three points in the tenth end to seal the victory.

Thomas Ulsrud has caught fire with his third win in a row as his Norwegian rink finished off the previously undefeated Markus Eggler of Switzerland 7-4.

Ulsrud used deuces in the first and tenth ends to earn the win and now shares second place in the overall standings with Switzerland and Sweden, all with 3-1 records.

A deuce in the sixth end proved to be the difference as Sweden’s Niklas Edin outlasted China’s Fengchun Wang 6-5 in eleven ends.

Sweden’s deuce in the sixth was the only multi-point end in the game.

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By: Chris G. Ballard
Posted: Feb 19 2010 9:29 am
Filed under: Winter Games