Gangneung, Republic of Korea
Thursday 23 February 2017
Thursday (23 February) evening saw the final men’s round-robin session staged in the Gangneung Curling Centre, Gangneung, Republic of Korea, and it took all the way to an extra end in the game between Scotland and Canada for the dust to settle on the final standings.
Even at that the final four qualifiers for the Page play-offs, at the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017, have not yet been decided.
Table-toppers Korea had already qualified before they played Switzerland in this session, and they consolidated their top spot with an 11-6 win that also confirmed the Swiss in sixth place. Meanwhile, USA beat China by 6-4 to finish second overall and face Korea in Friday (24 February) afternoon’s Page 1v2 play-off game at 19.00 (+9 UTC: live on World Curling TV).
Scotland’s 9-8 extra end win over Canada put them into third spot for the play-offs, with Canada now facing a tie-breaker with Norway, who sat out this session for the fourth play-off slot. The tie-breaker will be played at 09.00 (+9 UTC) on Friday.
USA, Scotland, Canada and Norway all finished on the same won six, lost three record and it has taken a combination of wins among them and draw shot challenge results to give them the ranking they have.
In the session’s fourth game, Turkey beat Italy by 8-2 to record their first win of the week. Despite this, they still finished tenth and last, while Italy were ninth. Both are now relegated to next year’s World Junior-B Curling Championships, along with seventh-placed China.
They said it
Cameron Bryce; skip, Scotland (after 9-8 extra end win over Canada): “We started really well, scoring a two in the first end and putting the pressure on from there. There was a lot at stake in that game. This is my last year of juniors too, so I didn’t want that to be my last game and I think we stepped up when we needed it. Every team that’s got to this stage is good enough to get to the play-offs, so we’ve got to treat everyone with equal respect.”
Ki Jeong Lee; skip, Korea (after 11-6 win over Switzerland): “Today we didn’t feel that great and our mood wasn’t that great. We paid attention to each shot because we tried to practice for the next games. Now, we will forget about the round-robin games, so when we meet teams in the play-offs we will think about them as a new team.”
Andrew Stopera; skip, USA (after 6-4 win over China): “Anytime I have a shot like that for the win, the boys did a good job. China played a good game but it was a win, so that always feels good.
The boys are playing well and I hope we can keep going.”
Ugurcan Karagoz; skip, Turkey (after 8-2 win over Italy): “This game made us really happy, although it wasn’t quite enough. We had good plays and all of these teams are top level – really good teams. This is my last year but we are still happy we got to be a part of this tournament.”
Results men’s session 12: Scotland 9-8 Canada; Korea 11-6 Switzerland; USA 6-4 China; Italy 2-8 Turkey