Switzerland win to keep Paralympic play-off hopes alive

  • Switzerland's, Felix Wagner © WCF / Céline Stucki

Switzerland defeated Finland in a tense 10-7 game in Tuesday (13 March) afternoon's tenth session of round-robin play at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 wheelchair curling, keeping their hopes of a play-off place alive.

With the International Paralympic Committee's president, Andrew Parsons, watching from the stands, Switzerland recovered from their previous two losses to beat Finland, 10-7, in a game where they controlled the first half, then held on in the second half for the win.

Switzerland opened the scoring with three points in the first end, when skip Felix Wagner was left with a draw to the house with his final stone. They followed this up with a steal of two points in the second end when Finnish skip Sari Karjalainen was light with her final stone of the end.

Finland scored three points of their own in the third end, but that was instantly countered by a score of three points for Switzerland in the fourth end to take an 8-3 lead at the break.

Finland reduced the deficit to a single point after seven ends, when they scored one point in the fifth end, stole two points in the sixth end and then stole another single point in the seventh end.

In the eighth end, with the house full of stones and two of them Swiss counters, Karjalainen was unable to draw through the crowd with her final stone, leaving Wagner with no need to play his final stone, giving Switzerland a score of two points and a 10-7 win.

China rebounded from their morning loss to defeat United States 6-4 in a tight game that went all the way to the final end. China held last stone advantage in the tenth end with the scores level at 4-4.

With two China shot stones in the house facing United States skip, Kirk Black, he attempted a freeze with his final stone. However, he was light with his shot giving China the score of two points and their sixth win of the competition returning them to the top of the rankings.

Sweden recorded their second win of the day, and the competition, when they defeated Germany, 9-5. Sweden started the stronger scoring in every end of the first half; a single point score in the first end, a three-point steal in the second end, then two-point steals in both the third and fourth end. Germany tried to fight back in the second half but ultimately fell short, as Sweden held on for the 9-5 win.

Slovakia beat Great Britain 6-4 helped in part by a score of three points in the third end that gave them a 4-2 lead at the break. A score of two points in the fifth end was enough for them to hold on for their 6-5 win.

They said it

Claudia Huettenmoser; third, Switzerland (after 10-7 win over Finland): "It was a hard work, I think, because for three ends we lost our energy. I said after the seventh end 'hey team, we have to make this end, because I'd like to win this game'. And now it's okay! We had some wrong stones, but that sometimes happens. The ice was a little bit harder than yesterday and from T to T today it was less than 13 seconds, and yesterday it was 14. But we adapted to it, and all have the same ice."

Monika Kunkelova; vice-skip, Slovakia (after 6-5 win over Great Britain): "We played very well, especially the guys, and we believed in ourselves. I think that score of three in the third end was the key to the game. Tomorrow we have Norway and Canada, and we prepare for them as for everyone else, with taking some rest."

Session ten results: United States 4-6 China; Great Britain 5-6 Slovakia; Sweden 9-5 Germany; Finland 7-10 Switzerland.

Standings after session ten (win-loss):

China 6-1
Korea 5-1
Canada 4-2
Great Britain 4-2
Germany 4-2
Neutral Paralympic Athletes 3-3
Switzerland 3-3
Slovakia 3-4
Norway 2-4
Sweden 2-5
United States 1-5
Finland 1-6

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