After two consecutive tough nights, Canada gave its curling fans a good morning, winning the bronze medal at the World Men’s Championship with an 8-4 win over Finland.
Canada dropped the page playoff by a 7-6 score on Friday night to defending World Champion Norway, losing a direct route to the final. The next night, a second chance at the gold medal game was taken away by Sweden in the semifinal in a 6-3 loss.
That left Canada to play for bronze in Halifax on Sunday morning against Finland, which the team skipped by Pat Simmons delivered.
A fourth end runback double set-up by Team Canada second Carter Rycroft allowed Simmons to draw for three, which opened up a 5-1 lead for the hosts.
After holding Finland – skipped by Aku Kauste – to one, two more for Canada in the sixth extended the lead to five points at 7-2.
From that point Canada managed to defend and keep the momentum before sealing the bronze with a single in the ninth end as Finland conceded.
The bronze adds to a silver from Team Jennifer Jones in the women’s worlds this year, although no doubt Curling Canada – which strives to be the best – will look to get back on top of the World Championship podiums in 2016 as Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games begin to sneak up on winter sport federations.