Germany move into joint first place in the Paralympic rankings after second win

  • Germany skip Christiane Putzich Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Germany defeated United States 6-4 in Sunday (11 March) morning's third session of round-robin play at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to remain undefeated and join Canada and hosts Korea at the top of the rankings.

There were only two games in this session. In the first game Germany came from behind to record their second win of the competition by a score of 6-4 over United States. While in the second, Switzerland beat Great Britain 7-4.

United States blanked the first end of their game, then opened the scoring with three points in the second end.

Germany responded with a score of two points in the third end after two excellent draws by their skip, Christiane Putzich. They then went on to steal two points in the fourth end after American skip, Kirk Black, rolled out after a takeout with his final stone giving Germany a 4-3 lead at the break.

Germany then stole single points in the fifth and sixth ends to extend their lead. United States could only score a single point in the seventh end before being run out of stones in the eighth end. This result leaves Germany undefeated at the top of the rankings, while United States sit at the foot of the table still searching for their first win.

In the session's other game Switzerland defeated Great Britain 7-4 to claim their first win of the competition.

After suffering a heavy defeat in their opening session, Switzerland bounced back with a win in a tight game. Great Britain opened the scoring with a single point in the first end and followed that with a steal of one point in the second end.

Switzerland scored their first points of the competition in the third end when British skip Aileen Neilson was wide with a takeout attempt with her final stone giving Swiss skip Felix Wagner an open draw for three points.

The teams traded single points over the next two ends before Switzerland stole two points in the sixth end when Neilson, again facing two Swiss counters, missed her takeout attempt with her final stone.

Great Britain scored a single point in the seventh end to trail Switzerland by two points. In the eighth end, Britain were sitting two shot stones when Wagner played a hit and stay with his final stone to score one point and give Switzerland a 7-4 win.

They said it

Heike Melchior; lead, Germany (after 6-4 win over USA): "We are lucky about this game. It was a little bit difficult, but we won, so it's okay. I think our draws were better. I'm very happy about that we started with two wins, it's great."

Claudia Huettenmoser; third, Switzerland (after 7-4 win over Great Britain): "We had to win this game, because yesterday we never started in the game. We had some time during the night to remember what's wrong, what's good, and I think we've found our way now. Today in the first two ends we were a little bit nervous, but it's okay. Next we have Slovakia, and I think we'll make the same preparations like this morning and will play this game this evening."

Session three results: United States 4-6 Germany; Switzerland 7-4 Great Britain.

Standings after session three (win-loss):

Canada 2-0
Germany 2-0
Korea 2-0
China 1-0
Slovakia 1-0
Great Britain 1-1
Switzerland 1-1
Finland 0-1
Sweden 0-1
Norway 0-2
Neutral Paralympic Athletes 0-2
United States 0-2

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