Korea men undefeated with four wins in Gangneung

  • Korea in action during the men's session five Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Korea men led the field at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017 on Sunday (19 February) morning with a close game against USA, which they won 7-4.

On sheet B, in the Gangneung Curing Centre, the home team put the first point on the board and USA responded equally, as was the fashion for the entirety of the game. Points came in one’s, trading back and fourth between the teams for the first six ends – with blanks in both the third and fifth ends.

Stones in the house were stacked along the centre line at the end of the seventh end when Korean skip Ki Jeong Lee managed two points to take a 4-2 lead going into the eighth end. In the ninth end Korea successfully pulled ahead with three points, before running their opponents out of stones, to win the game 7-4.

Scotland beat Switzerland in what was a very close game. Switzerland found an extra point in the third end to overcome Scotland’s last-stone advantage early on, and led 4-3 going into the fifth end break. Two points in the seventh end and a steal of one in the eighth end gave Scotland a 7-5 lead. However, Switzerland levelled the scores 7-7 in the tenth end to force an extra end. In that end Scotland third Robin Brydone delivered a double take-out with his last stone, helping to set up skip Cameron Bryce to draw for an 8-7 victory.

Canada took an early lead over Italy for a 9-2 win. The game saw Canada dominate the first two ends with four points in the first end and three points in the second end. Italy fought back with two one point ends in the third and fourth ends, but it wasn’t enough for the strong lead Canada had already established. This win brings Canada’s win-loss tally to 3-1, which places them in a two-way tie for second place with Norway.

They said it

Ki Jeong Lee; skip, Korea (after 7-4 win over USA): “At the moment we are first in the standings so there is lots of pressure. So, this game was very tough because of the pressure. [In the ninth end] first we tried to blank that end, but USA made a mistake, so we tried for four points and got three.”

Cameron Bryce; skip, Scotland (after 8-7 extra end win over Switzerland): “I’m feeling really good about that one. It was a good game and both sides played really well. We managed to have a good eighth end which really turned it. We’ve been having really strong second halves and we managed to put together a good first half there, so we were confident going into the break.”

Results men's session five: USA 4-7 Korea; Scotland 8-7 Switzerland; Canada 9-2 Italy

Standings after men’s session five (W-L):

Korea 4-0
Canada 3-1
Norway 3-1
Italy 2-2
Scotland 2-2
Switzerland 2-2
USA 2-2
China 1-2
Turkey 0-3
Sweden 0-4

The live broadcast for these championships begins on Sunday (19 February) on World Curling TV. For live broadcast information visit, www.worldcurling.org/broadcast and www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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