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Jones, Canada still perfect at Olympics after 7-6 win over Americans in 11th end

Canada’s skip Jennifer Jones, center, delivers the rock to her sweepers during a round robin session against the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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Canada’s skip Jennifer Jones, center, delivers the rock to her sweepers during a round robin session against the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

SOCHI, Russia - A rare mistake from Canadian skip Jennifer Jones put her rink's undefeated Olympic record in jeopardy.

She wasn't about to make the same mistake twice.

Jones continued her stellar play, scoring a single on the final throw of the extra end as Canada beat the United States 7-6 on Sunday. The win improved Canada's record to 8-0 and guaranteed the Winnipeg rink the top seed in the playoffs.

The United States (1-7) stole a point in the 10th end when Jones's hammer shot was thrown too heavily, but Jones recovered to move a step closer to an Olympic medal.

"The quality and calibre of teams here is so tremendous that you're going to have battles out there, but we're finding a way to be in control of our own game and holding our fate in our own hands," Jones said.

Canada built a 3-0 lead after two ends, but the Americans scored three in the third to tie it.

The two rinks traded points in the fourth and fifth ends, before Canada took a 5-4 lead in the sixth. Jones would add a point in the seventh.

American skip Erika Brown earned a point in the eighth to make it 6-5 and a scoreless ninth gave Canada the hammer for the 10th.

"We had a plan and it worked out perfectly," Jones said. "We couldn't have asked for anything to go any better. Now it's just a matter of trying to figure out a way to play well in the playoffs.

"I think the key is to enjoy it and to have fun. That's really what's worked for us for so long. At the end of the day, win or lose, we want to make sure we really enjoy the moment and that has been the key to our success."

Canada ends the round-robin Monday against South Korea (2-5).

"We just want to go and end the round robin strong," Jones said. "Right now we're in the playoffs and that's really the focus. The round robin is not over, but it doesn't really affect where we're going to stand."

Canada would be the first women's team to go through the Olympic round-robin undefeated if it wins Monday, but that was of little concern to Jones.

"The undefeated possibility doesn't really even cross our minds to be honest, we just really want to get as confident with the ice, and feel as confident heading into the playoffs, as we can," she said.

Sweden joined Canada in the semifinals of the women's tournament, thanks to its 5-4 win over Russia and Switzerland's extra-end loss to Japan.

Switzerland's 9-7 loss puts the team at 4-4 and in danger of missing the semifinals. The Swiss will have to beat China in their last game to stand a chance of qualifying.

Denmark beat South Korea 7-4 in the afternoon session's other game.

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