Canada mixed doubles pair Morris and Lawes win fourth straight in Pyeongchang

Stones await competitors at the Gangneung Curling Center. Competition gets underway Thursday morning in Pyeong Chang

Stones await competitors at the Gangneung Curling Center. Competition gets underway Thursday morning in Pyeong Chang

Eight teams are taking part in mixed curling at the Olympics, with the top-4 qualifying for the medal round. Finland was the only winless team (0-4) and had the daunting task of challenging Norway to get off the schneid.

With two rocks on the red zone of the target to start the ninth end, Finland was in prime position to get a much-needed win.

Lawes and her partner, John Morris, continued to dominate from there, holding Switzerland to just a single point over the final four ends.

Korea led the game 2-1 through three before OAR regained the lead with two in the fourth and one more in the fifth.

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With their third win in their four games of the group phase, the Swiss duo share the first place with teams from Canada, Norway and Russian Federation in the Olympic debut of the mixed doubles event.

The U.S. team, composed of siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton, scored in the first end to take an early lead before Norway answered with three points in the next frame to flip the scoreboard back in its favor.

Its latest triumph was a tense 6-5 overtime victory against South Korea.

The top four teams make the playoffs here, with the first place team playing the fourth place team in one-semifinal and the second place team playing the third place team in the other semifinal.

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South Korea picked up two points for the tie in the eighth on a takeout throw by Hyeji Jang that landed on the button and forced the extra end.

The Olympic Athletes from Russia's defense was tremendous in the win. Team OAR could end up in any of the other 2-4 seeds based on Saturday night's games.

Both teams entered the game with a 4-1 record in mixed doubles round robin play. Krushelnitskiy was a flawless 5-of-5 in takeouts, including knocking three South Korean stones out of the target zone in overtime that led to the deciding point.

Despite a hard defeat for Switzerland, the duo of Jenny Perret and Martin Rios will have an opportunity to bounce back on Saturday against South Korea. Switzerland fell to their first defeat of the competition, as they lost 6-5 against Norway.

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