Team USA shook off an earlier loss in the day to Canada to rebound with a convincing win over Slovakia to remain in the hunt for a playoff berth at the 2013 World Wheelchair Championship in Sochi, Russia.
Patrick McDonald (Madison, Wis.) and teammates David Palmer (Mashpee, Mass.), Jimmy Joseph (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Penny Greely (Green Bay, Wis.) lost to Canada, 7-1, in the morning session at the Ice Cube Curling Center as the Americans struggled to put points on the scoreboard.
"We weren't at the top of our game today. Everybody has their days like that. We look forward to meeting these guys [Canada] again at this event," said Joseph, a two-time Paralympian (2006, 2010). "It's one loss, and we can put that behind us. I am so used to playing Canada; I've been playing against them for the past nine years. But it is the same for every game. You prepare yourself mentally and get ready and go out there and do the best you can, read the ice as best as you can and hope you come out with a 'W' [win]. But, today we didn't. There are many more games to play."
In the afternoon session, Team USA followed up with a 9-1 win over Slovakia, the same team that knocked the Americans out of the playoffs last year at the world championship. USA's alternate Meghan Lino (East Falmouth, Mass.) made her world championship debut today as she saw playing time in both games.
"I didn't think about it. We play a game at a time and it doesn't matter who we are playing. This morning was a tough game. We couldn't get clicking," McDonald said after the win over Slovakia. "The front end did pretty much their job. Two of the first four ends came down to my last rock. They were pretty standard shots, and I just didn't execute. I think everybody has a hard time getting going against Canada."
The win over Slovakia improves the U.S. to 4-1, which puts the team in a tie for second place with Sweden. The Americans return to the ice on Wednesday with two games. In the morning session they'll face Finland (3-3) and in the afternoon session they will play the rescheduled game against Korea (0-5).
The U.S. team finishes off the round robin with games on Thursday against Russia (3-3) and Scotland (3-3). The top four teams advance to the Page playoffs, which get underway Friday afternoon. If needed, tiebreaker games will be played Thursday night and/or Friday morning. The championship concludes on Saturday with the medal games.
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Further qualification points for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia, will be awarded at the end of this year's world championship. Only 10 teams will qualify for the Paralympic Games. For more information, visit http://www.worldcurling.org/curling-at-the-paralympics. Results, news and photos from the 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Championship can be found at http://wwhcc2013.curlingevents.com.
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