Gangneung, Republic of Korea
Tuesday 21 February 2017
Wins by Scotland, Switzerland and USA in Tuesday morning’s eighth session of men’s round-robin play put all three of these teams into a five-way tie for second place, along with Canada and Norway, who sat out the session.
These teams all have four wins, behind so-far unbeaten Korea, who have six wins to their credit and who also sat out the session.
The USA had the most straightforward of these victories. In their game against Turkey they scored in four of the opening five ends. Turkey scored one point in the third end, but apart from that it was one-way traffic as USA took a 10-1 lead in to the break. Turkey blanked the sixth before conceding, at 10-1.
Scotland had a strong start against Italy. After blanking the first end, they scored two points in the second and stole a single points in the third end for a 3-0 lead. The Scots moved their lead to 5-1 at the break, but after this Italy drew level with two points in the sixth and a steal of two in the seventh end. After blanking the eighth end, Scotland scored two more points in the ninth and ran Italy out of stones in the tenth, for the 7-5 win.
In the third game of the session, Switzerland faced China. A score of three points in the fourth end by the Swiss, followed by a steal of one in the fifth put them in charge, at 6-1. A further two-point score in the seventh end and a single in the ninth were enough to give Switzerland their 9-4 win.
They said it
Graem Fenson; lead, USA (after 10-1 six-end win over Turkey): “We’re coming together at the right time and putting together a strong performance. This whole experience has been fantastic. But, right now, it’s pretty much business and sticking to the plan. The competition has been tough – it’s great to have to play your best every day.”
Cameron Bryce; skip, Scotland (after 7-5 win over Italy): “That was good, but we had a kind of dip in the middle. The ice was tricky and we got caught out a bit but, we got the win and that’s the main thing. It never felt in doubt, it was just a procedure to get through.”
Jan Hess; skip, Switzerland (after 9-4 win over China): “Yesterday we had a bad second half and today a great first half and could keep up the level, so the second half was great too. That’s how it should be. We just need to make our easy shots, and just have fun and play a good game.”
Results men’s session eight: USA 10-1 Turkey; Scotland 7-5 Italy; Switzerland 9-4 China
Standings after men’s session eight (W-L):
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