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Canada advances into final at world wheelchair curling event

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The Canadian Press
2/22/2013 3:40:45 PM
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SOCHI, Russia -- Canada's Jim Armstrong defeated American Patrick McDonald 6-3 on Friday to advance to the final at the world wheelchair curling championship.

Amstrong's rink will face Sweden's Jalle Jungnell in the final Saturday. The Swedes downed the Canadians 8-7 in the round-robin before earning a 6-5 Page playoff 1-2 victory.

"Sweden has had a history over the years of playing very well against us in big games, and they've owned us this week," said Armstrong. "But I think it's our turn. We'll be ready for them."

Canada will look to earn its third gold medal in four years.

The Canadian squad opened its semifinal contest against the U.S. with a steal in the third end before registering two in both the third and fifth ends. Canada claimed another seal in the sixth.

"We just tried to take advantage early," said Armstrong. "The ice was a little tricky, and if you have to come from behind, it's a very tough game.

"You get a bit of a lead and you just play safe; that seems to be the way to do it."

China will face the Americans in the bronze medal game Saturday.

Curling (Photo: Shaun Botterill /Allsport)

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(Photo: Shaun Botterill /Allsport)
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