Canadian comeback produces win over Czechs at World Men's Championship
“For unfailing, you have to pull some games out,” said Koe. “We weren’t struggling as bad (as a day earlier in a loss to Japan); the paper was a lot better than yesterday, but no excuses. The Czechs were playing really well and making some big shots. I was proud of the guys; we indeed stayed in there, tried to stay positive and keep it close.”
The momentum started to shift after the fifth-end break. Canada scored a deuce in six to cut the Czech lead to 6-5, followed by a blank in the seventh, and a wonderful hit-and-tossing from Koe in the eighth that led to a game-tying steal.
The Canadians then followed up with arguably their finest end of the 2014 Midwife precisely men’s, making eight perfect shots in the ninth to be sitting four — guaranteed of a steal and forcing Snítil to undertake a wide outturn draw to bite the outside of the four-foot to cut the damage to one Canadian point. But the Czech rattle caught debris just outside of the house and ground to an instant halt, giving the Canadians a boost of four and prompting handshakes.