03/22/2016 14:05 EDT | Updated 03/23/2017 01:12 EDT

Canada's Carey still on top with 7-5 win over Germany at women's curling worlds

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. — Canada's Chelsea Carey stayed on top of the standings with a 7-5 win over Germany's Daniela Driendl on Tuesday morning at the world women's curling championship.

Carey's Calgary-based rink (5-1) took advantage of steals in the seventh and eighth ends to pull away from Germany (3-3). Canada was in a three-way tie for first place with Scotland and Switzerland after nine draws.

Canada opened with a single in the first end, but Driendl replied with an easy draw in the second to tie the game. The teams blanked the third end and Carey added a single in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead.

Driendl threw a takeout in the fifth end for three points but Carey replied with a deuce in the sixth to tie it 4-4. Canada stole a point in the seventh when Germany missed on a takeout attempt.

Driendl's woes continued in the eighth end when she hit a guard on her final rock, giving Canada another steal. Local school groups at the Credit Union iPlex chanted "Let's Go Canada!" as the German skip was visibly upset at her misplay.

Germany used a light tap to cut into Canada's lead in the ninth end, but that handed Carey the hammer to close out the game. She made the most of her last throw with a tapout that gave Canada a single and the win. 

Carey was scheduled to meet Italy's Federica Apollonio (0-5) in the afternoon draw.


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John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press