Canadians Peterman and Gallant advance to the playoffs at the World Mixed Doubles Treatment Championships

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Canadians Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant advanced to the playoffs of the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Geneva.

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The Canadians took their round robin record to 6-1 on Wednesday, beating England’s Anna Fowler and Ben Fowler 6-2 in seven ends, in their only game of the day.

“If we continue to play the way we play and continue to feel comfortable on the ice, we will be in a good position,” Gallant said. “We are positioning our draws better than we did at the start of the week and that has been key to our game. We set up those angles and we start making a few more shots per game and it really helps.”

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Canada rounds out Thursday’s round-robin with games against Australia (3-4) and the US (4-3), both teams that can still break into the top three in Group B and make the playoffs, but Peterman and Gallant are already guaranteed to play further .

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Canada will come out even if they lose both games on Thursday and finish 6-3. Only the United States (Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton) and Germany (Pia-Lisa Scholl and Claudius Harsch) can overtake Canada, which is now in second place.

However, if those teams win twice and Canada loses twice on Thursday, Germany will still be eliminated because they lost to both teams earlier in the round robin.

Canada can still finish first to third.

However, Peterman and Gallant’s chances of taking first place in the group are diminishing. Scotland’s Eva Muirhead and Bobby Lammy put in a perfect 7-0 score to give Canada their only defeat.

If Scotland continue to top the table, they will take first place in the group and go straight to the semi-finals. The second and third placed teams will need to win a play-off qualifier to advance to the semi-finals.

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Peterman and Gallant have two tough round robin games left. Tali Gill and Dean Hewitt of Australia beat Canada’s Rachel Homan and John Morris at the Beijing Olympics, while the Hamilton siblings of the United States became mixed doubles Olympians in 2018.

Peterman, who plays from Winnipeg but is originally from Calgary, and Gallant, who plays from St. John’s but from Prince Edward Island, have consistently outperformed their opponents in the tournament so far.

Peterman twirled 86% and Gallant 81% in Wednesday’s win.

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Overall, Peterman is second in the tournament (behind Muirhead) with a score of 81.1%. Gallant is third (after Lammy and Italy’s Sebastiano Armand) with a score of 83.1%.

In Group A, there is a real fight for the playoffs, where the Olympic champions of Italy share the first place with a score of 5: 2 with four other teams – Japan, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden.

Playoff places can be determined by the cumulative number of points scored by the last stones with that many teams in the mix.

Canada has never won a gold medal in the 13-year history of the World Mixed Doubles Championship. He has two silver medals and two bronzes.

Twyman@postmedia.com

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