Canada steal victory from Norway as they become tied in second place

  • Jordan Tyler and Nicholas Meister help sweep Canada to a win Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Korea continued their unbeaten run with a 9-3 win over Sweden in Monday (20 February) afternoon’s seventh session of men’s round-robin play, in the Gangneung Curling Centre, Gangneung, Republic of Korea.

In other games in this session, Canada beat Norway to put these two teams into a tie for second place, while victories for Scotland and Switzerland put both of these teams into a three-way tie for fourth place, along with USA, who sat the session out.

Against Sweden, Korea opened with a score of two points in the first end and followed that up with another two points in the third end for a 4-1 lead. They scored a single point in the fifth end and then stole one in the sixth to move into a clear 6-2 lead. Sweden could only take one point for the seventh end and a further three points for Korea in the eighth end were enough to persuade Sweden to concede, at 9-3 to Korea. This was Korea’s sixth win so far.

The game between Canada and Norway saw the first points scored in the third end, when Canada posted two. Norway scored three points in the fourth end and then Canada took one point from the fifth end to put the teams into the half-time break level at 3-3.

Canada then had single steals in both the sixth and seventh ends, only for Sweden to level again, at 5-5 with two points in the eighth end. Canada edged ahead with one point in the ninth end but, with last stone advantage in the tenth, Norway skip Magnus Ramsfjell wrecked on a front guard with his final draw to hand Canada a steal of two points and the win, with a score-line of 8-5.

Turkey were still looking for their first win as they came on the ice to face Switzerland. Scores of two points in the seventh and ninth ends brought them level with the Swiss, on 6-6. However, eventually, Swiss skip Jan Hess scored one point for the tenth end to complete a tight 7-6 win.

Scotland faced China in the fourth game of this session and opened with a single point in the first end and a steal of two in the second for an early 3-0 lead. China scored two in the third, but a run of scores in three successive ends by Scotland – two points in the sixth, and then single steals in the seventh and eight ends, gave the Scots an 8-3 win.

With these results, Scotland and Switzerland share fourth place on the table with USA, three wins behind Korea, but only one win behind Canada and Norway.

They said it

Cameron Bryce; skip, Scotland (after 8-3 win over China): “That was a really strong performance, our strongest of the competition so far. We put them under pressure and made their skip play a lot of difficult shots. It was a really good game.”

Jan Hess; skip, Switzerland (after 7-6 win over Turkey): “In the first half we had a pretty good game and made our rocks. In the second, twice I threw away a draw for two, so we could have been in the lead 8-4 but it was just 6-4. We thought we would go pretty defensive, probably let them score a single or a zero. We were all kind of nervous and it wasn’t so relaxed. I was happy I made the last rock. It was important.”

Ki Jeong Lee; skip, Korea (after 9-3 win over Sweden): “I felt really great that we would be in play-offs. The game had a good feeling. We were in a really good mood and we felt better than last time. I tried not to make it hard, to pay attention to each shot and understand the ice.”

Tyler Tardi; skip, Canada (after 8-5 win over Norway): “We didn’t sign up for this to have an easy run, so that was exactly what we were expecting, and we’re expecting a lot more to come. It’s good to be here and have a challenge. You want to win with a lot of fight and I think we’re doing that. We had a bit of a slow start in that game, but we had a good talk with our coach at the fifth-end break and he brought us all back together as a team.”

Results men's session seven: China 3-8 Scotland; Switzerland 7-6 Turkey; Sweden 3-9 Korea; Norway 5-8 Canada

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

Korea 6-0
Canada 4-2
Norway 4-2
Scotland 3-2
Switzerland 3-2
USA 3-2
Italy 2-3
China 1-4
Sweden 1-5
Turkey 0-5

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