Unbeaten Scotland lead while Norway record first win

  • Norway's skip Magnus Ramsfjell © WCF / Emile Gareev

Scotland’s men beat Russia by 10-3 in Monday afternoon’s fourth robin-robin session while Norway’s 11-4 victory over Sweden gave them their first victory so far.

Other winners in this session were Canada, who beat United States by 4-2; Switzerland, with an 8-3 win over Korea and Germany, who were 8-7 winners over China.

Scotland started strongly against Russia, opening with a score of two points in the first end and following that with a score of five points in the third end and a steal of two points in the fourth end for a 9-1 lead. Russia could not recover from this and conceded the game after just seven ends, with a score of 10-3 to the Scots.

Norway were almost as dominant in their game against Sweden, scoring two points in the first end and three in the third end. They then carved out two successive steals of two points to take a 9-1 lead into the fifth-end break. Sweden then scored two points in the sixth end and stole a single point in the seventh to reduce Norway’s lead to 9-4. But, two more points for Norway in the eighth end were enough to persuade Sweden to concede the game.

In a game that featured five blank ends, Canada’s scores of two points in the second end and again in the seventh were enough to give them a 4-2 win, handing United States their first defeat so far.

Switzerland concluded their 8-3 win over Korea with a score of three points in the ninth end, while a double take-out by Germany’s fourth player Sixten Totzek with the last stone of the game against China gave his team an 8-7 win.

These results leave Scotland alone at the top-of-the-table, undefeated on four wins, while Canada and United States share second spot, on three wins. Germany, Switzerland and Sweden are together in fourth place, on two wins and two losses. Behind them, China, Korea, Norway and Russia now have one win each.

They said it

Ross Whyte; skip, Scotland (after 10-3 win over Russia): “The boys have played really well and they’ve made my job easy, so I’m a very happy skip. All the fans are here; our family and friends are really keeping us going. We’re just so pleased that everyone can make it, and hopefully it’s going to help curling continue to get bigger.”

Magnus Ramsfjell; skip, Norway (after 11-4 win over Sweden): “We’ve had some pretty rough games where we lost by a couple of inches. It felt really good to finally pull one off and play really well. If we can build some momentum we have a chance to do well. The U.S. were 2-4 in the Olympics so who knows, maybe we can do the same at 1-3. If we can get some good wins now we definitely have confidence that we can beat some of the best teams here.”

Tyler Tardi; skip, Canada (after 4-2 win over United States): “The turning point in the match for us was our deuce in the seventh. We fought really hard for that one and we managed to get the two points where we wanted them. We wanted to switch it up so we could get our fifth on the ice to prepare ourselves in case something actually does happen. He’s just as ready as the rest of the team.”

Men session four results: United States 2-4 Canada; Scotland 10-3 Russia; Switzerland 8-3 Korea; Norway 11-4 Sweden; China 7-8 Germany

Standings after men’s session four (win-loss):

Scotland 4-0
Canada 3-1
United States 3-1
Germany 2-2
Switzerland 2-2
Sweden 2-2
China 1-3
Korea 1-3
Norway 1-3
Russia 1-3

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