Who knew Jocelyn Peterman was such a quiet assassin?
Peterman, who normally plays second in four-player curling and doesn’t often get to make the glamour shots, showed off her shooting skills in a big way Thursday afternoon at the world mixed doubles curling championship.
With Peterman making two of the best shots of the entire tournament, she and partner Brett Gallant beat Becca and Matt Hamilton of the United States 8-5 to finish off the round-robin with an 8-1 record. Canada also beat Tahli Gill and Dean Hewitt of Australia 10-2 on Thursday.
“Jocelyn made some pistol shots,” Gallant said after the win over the United States. “That angle-raise she made was probably the best shot of the week that I’ve seen so far. Nice to get that win and head into the playoffs on a winning note.
“We just wanted to keep our momentum building. We’ve been playing better and better as the week progresses and we didn’t want to let down.”
Canada finished second in Group B, behind 9-0 Scotland, and will play Norway’s Maia and Magnus Ramsfjell (7-2) in a qualifying playoff game Friday (6:30 a.m., ET). A win there would put Canada into the semifinals Friday night (1:30 p.m., ET).
Eve Muirhead and Bobby Lammie of Scotland have already clinched one semifinal spot, while Switzerland’s Alina Paetz and Sven Michel finished atop Group A and are also through to the semis.
Sweden’s Isabella and Rasmus Wrana (7-2) will face Pia-Lisa Schoell and Klaudius Hirsch (6-3) in the other qualifying game.
Switzerland, Sweden and Norway all finished at 7-2 and all were 1-1 head-to-head so their playoff placing was decided by cumulative results of the Draw Shot Challenge.
Peterman made a remarkable double raise tap-back to score two for Canada in the second end. Then, in the sixth, with Canada leading 4-3, it looked like the Americans were sure to steal a point and tie things up.
However, Peterman played a long angle-raise of her own rock that was outside the rings, in the wings. Like it was laser-guided, the raised rock slid to the button and punched out the American stone, leaving Canada with a score of three.
“Brett told me exactly where I needed to hit it,” Peterman said. “Coming in, I knew we were pretty close to that, so I didn’t want him to sweep it. It was good. We hit it right where we wanted.”
Canada is looking to win a gold medal for the first time in 13 tries at the world mixed doubles curling championship. Peterman and Gallant won a silver medal in the event in 2019.