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Deaflympics: Canadian Men Win Silver, Women Win Bronze

Wednesday Apr 01 2015

Curling tripled Canada's medal count at the World Deaflympics in Russia. A silver medal in hockey, combines with the Men's curling Silver Medal and the Women's Bronze, to give the Canadian contingent a total of three medals - ranking 12th out of 27 countries in total medal count. The men's team lost the gold medal final game 7-6 to China while the women, who had finished the round robin in first place, bounced back to win the Bronze Medal game 10-5 over Croatia.

FRIDAY: Deaflympics:  Canadian Men in Gold Game, Women Play for Bronze - The Canadian Men's team won their semifinal 8-4 over Switzerland and will play China in the Gold Medal game of the Deaflympics in Russia. China defeaed Russia 5-4 in their semifinal. In the women's event Canada, who had finished first in the round robin, lost 9-4 to China. China will play Russia after the host country's team beat Croatia 8-2 in their semifinal.              

THURSDAY: Deaflympics: Playoffs Set, Canadian Men & Women Advance - Canada's National Deaf Curling Champions won their final round robin game, 8-2 over Hungary to finish the round robin with a 6 wins - 2 losses record. Tied with Switzerland, the two will meet in the semifinals. Unbeaten China (8-0) finished first and will play Russia who finished 4-4 and beat Japan in a tiebreaker. In the Women's event, Canada finished first at 6-1 and plays China while Croatia plays Russia in the semifinals. The three all finishd with 5-2 records.

WEDNESDAY: Deaflympics: Women 6-1 in 1st Place, Men 5-2 and Playoff Bound - Both Manitoba/Canadian Deaf Champion Curling teams, from the Deer Lodge Curling Club, will advance to the playoffs at the Deaflympics in Russia. The Women's team, coached by Chris Hamblin, finished the round robin with a 6-1 record and holds first place. The playoff format is 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd with winners playing for gold and losers playing for bronze medals.

On the men's side, an officials ruling related to the forbidden use of hearing aids by one of the teams has resulted in Canada being awarded an extra win. Following a win over Ukraine, Canada's record improved to 5-2 with a game to play. Coach Lorne Hamblin advises in an email that the Canadian men will finishe either 2nd or 3rd to advance to  the playoff round as well.

WEDNESDAY: Manitoba Deaf Champions in Contention at World Deaflympics - The Canadian Champion Deaf Curling Teams, both from the Deer Lodge Curling Club, are competing this week at the World Deaflympics in Russia. Coached by Lorne Hamblin, the men have compiled a 3-3 record with two games to play while the women, coached by Chris Hamblin, are at 5-1. The men's wins have come over Switzerland (12-2), USA (7-2) and Korea (9-3) with losses to Russia (6-8), China (4-5) and Japan (6-9). The women have beaten Russia (12-5), Korea (8-2), Slovakia (11-3), Croatia (11-0) and Ukraine (8-6)after losing their opener to China (7-12).

The men have games yet to play against Ukraine and Hungary while the women will finish against Hungary

Canada's Men's record as of Wedensday afternoon was 3-3, alone in 3rd place behind Japan and CHina, both 5-0. The women are tied for first at 5-1 with China and Russia.

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