Canada and Sweden men joint leaders after day one

  • Sweden's skip Niklas Edin © WCF / Richard Gray

Both Canada and Sweden men enjoyed their second wins so far in Wednesday evening's second session of men's round-robin play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Canada beat Great Britain by 6-4 and Sweden emerged as 7-2 winners over Korea.

The other winners in this session were Italy, who beat Switzerland by 7-4, and Japan who were 6-4 winners over Norway. Denmark and United Sates sat out this session.

In their game against Great Britain, Canada started with a score of two points in the first end with a hit-and-stay by skip Kevin Koe and followed that up with another two points in the third end for a 4-1 lead.

Britain did manage to steal one point in the sixth end when a double take-out attempt by Koe did not come off, but apart from that the British team could not get on terms with the Canadians, who eventually won by 6-4.

Sweden scored two points against Korea in the second end and again in the fifth end with a draw by skip Niklas Edin. These scores, as well as a single point steal in the ninth end, were the difference between them and Korea as they won by 7-2.

In their game against Switzerland, Italy opened with a single point in the first end and a steal of one point in the second end. They went into the fifth-end break holding a 3-1 lead and managed to keep Switzerland at bay in the second half of the game, closing out their 7-4 victory with a score of two points in the tenth end.

Both Japan and Norway were making their first appearances of the Games in this session, and, after Norway opened with a single point in the first end, it was Japan who made progress, scoring one point in the second and carving out single-point steals in both the third and fourth ends.

Norway fought back to level the game at 3-3 after six ends, but in the seventh end Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi hit-out a Norway stone to score two points and take a 5-3 lead. This proved to be the difference between the two teams, as Japan went on to record a 6-4 victory for this particular team's first-ever Olympic win.

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Men session two results: Canada 6-4 Great Britain; Korea 2-7 Sweden; Switzerland 4-7 Italy; Norway 4-6 Japan

Standings after men session two (win-loss):

Canada 2-0
Sweden 2-0
Japan 1-0
United States 1-0
Great Britain 1-1
Italy 1-1
Denmark 0-1
Norway 0-1
Korea 0-2
Switzerland 0-2

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