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SAINT JOHN, N. Air Max 270 China .B. -- Canadas Rachel Homan had ideal preparation for the playoffs at the Ford World Curling Championships with a pair of hard-fought wins over tenacious opponents Thursday. The Canadians defeated Sweden 9-6 and China 6-4 to finish atop the preliminary-round standings at 10-1. Their execution Thursday was the sharpest of the tournament so far. The games were tight with Homan and her Ottawa Curling Club teammates scoring three in the eighth ends of both. "We were really pushed today," Homan said. "It was great we were able to control the game and stay confident with this team and really nail the lines and make the big shots when we needed them. "We had to fight for our points." Homan will face Switzerlands Binia Feltscher, whose record was 9-2, in Fridays playoff game between the top two seeds. The two countries meet in the 1 vs. 2 Page playoff game between the top two seeds. (TSN, 6:30pm et/3:30pm pt) The winner books a ticket to Sundays gold-medal game. The loser drops to Saturdays semifinal. Canadas lone loss of the preliminary round was to the Swiss. It went so badly for the host country in ends five through eight that they shook hands early Sunday. "That was a little bit of a lopsided game," Homan acknowledged. "We had some misfortune, but I think were a little bit different now. Were going to know the rocks and its going to be on a different sheet and everything so I think it should be a great game." The top four teams advance to the Page playoff. Russias Anna Sidorova, Swedens Margaretha Sigfridsson and South Koreas Ji-sun Kim all finished tied at 8-3. Sidorova will play in Saturday mornings playoff between the third and fourth seeds with the winner advancing to the semifinal. Russias opponent will be the victor of Fridays tiebreaker between the Swedes and South Koreans. Sidorovas missed final shot of a game against the Czech Republic -- a draw -- prevented Russia from finishing 9-2 and playing Canada on Friday. China and Allison Pottinger of the U.S., were just outside playoff contention at 6-5 with Germanys Imogen Oona Lehmann and Anna Kubeskova of the Czech Republic ending their tournaments 3-8. Scotlands Kerry Barr and Denmarks Madeleine Dupont had 2-9 records ahead of Latvias Evita Regza at 1-10. Homan had to win a tiebreaker to get into the final four at last years world championship in Riga, Latvia. Canada won their subsequent playoff game before losing the semifinal and then winning the bronze medal. The beauty of finishing in the top two is the loser of Fridays game can still get to the championship game, albeit via a longer route. "We love the one-two game," Homan said. "Theres not much pressure. "Either way weve got a chance at the gold-medal game. Thats what were gunning for now." The Canadians struck a balance between patience and aggression to achieve their No. 1 ranking. The average age of Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk and lead Lisa Weagle is just shy of 26, but theyre a Canadian womens curling team ahead of the curve when it comes to the big-game experience and the lessons learned in those games. Homan, Miskew and Kreviazuk have been teammates for over a decade. Since graduating from the junior ranks four years ago, they and Weagle have played in three national womens championships -- finishing fourth and winning twice -- two world championships and an Olympic trials. "This team may be young, but weve had so much experience," said Weagle, the oldest at 28. "We realize were a young team and have really ambitious goals. We really want to accomplish them, but at the same token, if you look at a lot of the great curlers in our sport, theyre in their 30s or even their 40s when theyre at the peak of their game." Weagles talent for clearing a road to the rings and Miskews ability to execute big-weight, multi-stone takeouts allows Canada to gamble and takes some pressure off Homan. Kreviazuk banged her broom after a few misses during the preliminary round, but the four curlers have an otherwise business-like demeanour on the ice. "Were patient and were learning all the time and were allowing ourselves to learn," Weagle said. "Were not expecting to be perfect every single shot, but when were not, we want to learn from it. "Often Ill go down and talk to Rachel about my shots and how Im throwing them, if she want me to make an adjustment or if shes going to make the adjustment with the broom. I think thats worked really well for us. We want to make the most shots possible and whatever way we need to do it, its good to take the emotion out and just treat it like business." Fake Nmd Shoes . - Kevin Labanc and Joseph Blandisi were a potent combination for the Barrie Colts on Friday night. Cheap Air Max 270 http://www.fakejordancheap.com/wholesale-air-max-95-china.html . But San Diego had even more trouble against right-hander Tanner Roark, who pitched a three-hitter for the first complete game of his career as the Nationals shut out the Padres 4-0. The 27-year-old set down the first 16 batters before San Diego catcher Rene Rivera, an .The Calgary Flames have won just once in four home games this season, but a visit from the Montreal Canadiens could improve on that record. The Flames try to avoid their first home loss to the Canadiens in over 12 years on Tuesday night as the clubs clash at the Saddledome. You can listen to all the action starting at 7pm ET/4pm PT on TSN Radio 690 Montreal. Calgary is 1-1-1 on a five-game homestand that ends on Friday versus Nashville, its first run of games at home since a season-opening loss to Vancouver on Oct. 8. The Flames got their first victory as the host this season on Thursday, blanking the Carolina Hurricanes, but fell in defeat to Washington 3-1 on Saturday. Dennis Wideman netted the lone goal and Karri Ramo stopped 27 shots in defeat as Calgary allowed a goal in each period. I dont think we gave ourselves our chance to win ... I dont think we played our best game, Flames head coach Bob Hartley said. That cant be said of Wideman, who leads all NHL defenseman with five goals. They have all come in his past six games and the blueliners goal on Saturday was his 300th career point. Forward Davis Jones, who has missed the last eight games with a lower-body injury, is expected to return to action tonight, but forward Mason Raymond is day-to-day with an unknown injury and not expected to play tonight. Hartley has aalternated starts this season between Ramo and Jonas Hiller, so the latter figures to get the call tonight. Cheap Nmd China. Hiller is 2-1-2 with a 2.67 goals against average and .912 save percentage in five meetings with the Habs. Hiller will try to extend the Flames nine-game home unbeaten streak over the Canadiens, who have not won in Calgary since Jan. 5, 2002. Calgary is 8-0-0 with a tie since and that includes a victory outdoors on Feb. 20, 2011 at McMahon Stadium. The Habs should present a nice challenge for the Flames given their 7-2-0 start to the campaign. They picked up that second loss on Monday night in Edmonton, falling 3-0 and having a four-game winning streak halted. Carey Price was given the night off and his backup, Dustin Tokarski, made 16 saves for the Canadiens, who had a first-period goal waived off because it was ruled that Brendan Gallagher made contact with Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens. If we didnt score, that means we werent good enough, said defenseman Andrei Markov. We have to work harder and be better tomorrow. Montreal allowed more than two goals for the first time in four games and will wrap a three-game road trip on Thursday in Vancouver. Price figures to start tonight and is 2-4-0 with a 3.04 GAA and .892 save percentage in six games versus the Flames, all but one of those starts. ' ' '

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