Team USA will leave the 2013 World Senior Championships without any medals as the American ladies just missed out on the playoffs in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Margie Smith (St. Paul, Minn.) and teammates Norma O'Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.), and Lucy DeVore (Superior, Wis.) lost to Cathy King's Canadian team, 6-4, this afternoon at the Grant Harvey Centre, to be eliminated from the race to the playoffs.
"We did push them hard; not quite hard enough, but if we would have played like that all week, we would have been both teams 5-and-0 going into the day. And we didn't," Smith said after the loss. "We knew we could give them a run. Top to bottom, they shoot really well. But we did, too. It was a good game."
Canada, which hasn't lost a game at this event since 2008, moves on to the semifinals from Group A. One tiebreaker game will be played between Japan and Austria tonight to determine the other semifinalist from that group. Scotland (6-0) and Sweden (5-1) have moved on from Group B. Canada will play Sweden in one semifinal while Scotland will face the winner of the tiebreaker match between Austria and Japan. The semifinals are scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday followed by the medal games a 2 p.m. for both the women and men (all times local, ADT).
"They made us play, and they played well," said King. "It wasn't our best game, and the ice started out a little differently today. It was a little heavier and then it got lightning fast. It went from the heaviest we've played to the fastest, so that threw us a little bit for draw weight. But we figured it out. I think we needed a game like that to sharpen us up a bit. Hopefully we'll figure out the draw weight a little quicker (tomorrow)."
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