Canada’s Jeff Stoughton led his team into Sunday’s final of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Regina, Canada when he ran Scotland out of stones in the tenth end of Friday evening’s one versus two play-off game, to win by 5-2.
This victory saw Canada recover from a round-robin final session loss to Norway, and was caused mostly by a complete miss with a take-out attempt by Scottish skip Tom Brewster in the ninth end of the game.
Earlier, Brewster was long with his final draw of the eighth end to give Canada a steal of one, and the ninth end miss completed the turning of the tide in what had been a close game till that point.
Canada had opened the scoring with two in the second end, but the Scots levelled in the fifth when Brewster had a simple draw for two. The only other score in the game came in the sixth when Stoughton had to settle for just one point rather than the two he was looking for.
Canada now move directly to Sunday’s final, while Scotland await the outcome of the 3v4 playoff game between Sweden and Norway to find out who they will face in Saturday evening’s semi-final.
After the game, Canadian skip Stoughton said, “it feels awesome to be in the final. We had a pretty simple game but we made the right shots at the right time, and this is what we’ve wanted all year”.
Speaking about the Scottish mistakes, he said, “we’ll take the breaks”.
He added, “I can’t remember back to my other world finals, but we’re super-excited and this is exactly where we want to be. We’ll let the other three battle it out and face whoever we have to on Sunday night”.
For his part, Scottish skip Brewster was more angry than disappointed. “I’m angry at myself, we had a chance there. I hope we have a chance to get back at these guys. We played some good curling there, but we certainly gave them a better game than the first time round. We learned a lot there”.
He added, “let’s be honest, it would have been good to win that, but the most important one is the next one – let’s hope we get another crack at them. We’ll be trying everything tomorrow”.
5. France 7-5
6. Germany 6-5
7. Switzerland 6-5
8. Czech Republic 5-6
9. China 4-7
10. USA 3-8
11. Korea 2-9
12. Denmark 0-11.
1v2 Playoff: Scotland 2, Canada 5.
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