Gangneung, Republic of Korea
Friday 24 February 2017
USA men took the direct route to Sunday (26 February) afternoon’s gold medal final when they beat Korea by 7-5 in Friday (24 February) evening’s Page 1v2 play-off game.
This defeat means that Korea will now play in Saturday’s (25 February) sole semi-final, against Scotland, who took an extra end to beat Norway by 8-7 in the Page 3v4 game. Norway now await the loser of the Korea and Scotland semi-final (at 09.00 on Saturday) to play for bronze medals.
The medal games will take place at 15.00 on Sunday, with the gold medal game live on World Curling TV (all games are +9 Universal Coordinated Time).
In their 1v2 game with USA, Korea, as round-robin table-toppers, started with last stone advantage and blanked the first end before opening the scoring in the second end with a single point. USA responded with a single point of their own in the third end and then Korea nudged ahead with two points in the fourth for a 3-1 lead.
After this, USA took control. They scored three in the fifth end and then had a steal of two points in the sixth when Korean skip Ki Jeong Lee missed a take-out attempt, followed by a single steal in the seventh to notch a 7-3 lead. In response, Korea could only score one point in the eighth, after which USA blanked the ninth end and managed the tenth well, to leave just one Korean stone lying, for an eventual 7-5 win.
In the Page 3v4 play-off, Norway, who had previously beaten Canada by 8-7 in a tight tie-breaker to get this far. They scored two points in the first end. After this the teams stayed level until they reached the seventh end tied at 4-4. In the eight, Scotland scored one point for a 5-4 lead, but Norway then took three points in the ninth when skip Magnus Ramsfjell drew his last stone into the house.
The Scots levelled with two points in the tenth end, and then in the extra end, Ramsfjell, with last stone advantage, was heavy, allowing Scotland to steal the one point needed for the 8-7 win.
They said it
Andrew Stopera; skip, USA (after 7-5 win over Korea): “This is pretty unbelievable. If you told me that we were going to the gold medal game, going through the Page 1v2 and the final – we’d take it in a heartbeat, obviously - anyone would. You know it’s good to win a medal but we have a lot more work to do. It’s not over yet and we have a lot to play for. We’re just looking forward to playing that game, it’s hard to wait. We’re rarin' and we’re ready.”
Cameron Bryce; skip Scotland (after 8-7 extra end win over Norway): “I always knew we had the chance and we asked the questions late on. The tenth end was a bit scrappy but we got a nice two out of it. In the round-robin game he didn’t play a draw so that was out tactic to see if he could make a draw under pressure so it paid off. But, we’re making it hard work.”