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Canada beaten by Italy in extra ends, eliminated from Olympics in mixed doubles curling

A new mixed doubles champion will be crowned at the Olympics.

BEIJING – Italy took out Canada in mixed doubles in extra ends, eliminating Canucks John Morris and Rachel Homan from Olympics.

In Sunday’s (Feb. 6) round robin finale, Canmore’s Morris and Beaumont’s Homan fought for survival in Beijing, but were edged out 8-7 by millimetres in a game that came down to Canada's final stone in the ninth end.

As a result, Sweden advances to the playoffs with Italy, Norway and Great Britain.

The Swedes (5-4) held the tie-breaker after defeating Canada, who was the 2018 PyeongChang gold medallist team.

The Italians drew first blood against Canada, going up one point after the first end.

Italy’s Stefania Constantini was the top ranked female shooter in Beijing heading into the game against Canada.

Canada answered in the second, adding a pair in the second end. Then Morris and Homan got a force in the third and the game was 2-2 through three.

In the fourth end, Italy picked up a steal and added a deuce onto its lead, but Canada got two back in the fifth to tie things up at four.

After Italy went up 5-4 in the sixth end, Canada went on the power play in hopes for multiple points in the seventh. And it was a big end for Canada, scoring three and going up 7-5 into the eighth end.

The Italians used their power play, but there was a huge error from Amos Monsaner when he rushed a shot and set up a triple takeout for Morris.

Canada couldn't capitalize on the mistake and Italy tied things up to send the high-takes game to an extra end.

After the eighth, Morris said "we knew it wasn't going to be easy" to Homan.

Canada had the hammer in the ninth and it came down to two shots from Constantini and Homan.

Constantini's perfectly placed stone forced Homan to land one on the open button, but it was off by millimetres. The measuring stick was pulled for an even more dramatic finish – and needed two measures – which showed Italy's rock barely edging out Canada's.

The four-team playoffs start Monday (Feb. 7) at 5 a.m.

The bronze medal game is also Monday at 11 p.m.

The gold medal game is Tuesday (Feb. 8) at 5 a.m. All times MST.

Jordan Small

About the Author: Jordan Small

Jordan Small joined the Outlook in 2014 and covers the vast world of sports in the Bow Valley. A Barrie, Ont. native, he also wrote for RMO's Mountain Guide section and the MD of Bighorn beat.
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