April 2, 2013
USA completed their second win of the day when they beat Scotland by 8-6 in Tuesday evening's eleventh session of round-robin play at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship in Victoria, Canada.
They gave themselves the perfect start when they scored two points in the first end. But Scotland's David Murdoch took his team into a 5-4 lead when he drew into the house to score three points in the fourth end.
In the tenth end, with the score tied at 6-6, USA skip Brady Clark played a perfect draw onto the button behind guards and when Murdoch came to play the last stone it was wide and failed to remove the US stone, giving the Americans a steal of two points and an 8-6 win.
Afterwards, Clark said: "We had a couple of tight games today and stole a win from Scotland. I thought they played really well but we just happened to set up a really good end there. They just missed that one, but I’m happy to get a couple of wins today. That’s real big for us. We needed to do that to build our confidence and feel good."
In the same session, Canada bounced back from their earlier loss to the Czech Republic, beating Norway by 10-7. In this game, Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud scored two points in the second end to level the game at 2-2. Canada however, gradually got the upper hand, with their skip Brad Jacobs drawing for three points and a 7-5 lead in the seventh end on the way to their win.
Jacobs spoke after the game, saying: "We played pretty well that game; it was a little bit of a goofy game with lots of rocks in play and some misses here and there. But at the end of the day, I think we had fewer misses than they did and we came away with the win. We played well tonight and it feels nice to be at six wins, but there is still a long way to go."
Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne led his team to a good day with two wins. The second of these saw the Danes beating Japan by 7-4. In the sixth end of this game, the Danes scored two points to take a 5-2 lead, and they were never really challenged after that.
Afterwards, Stjerne said: "It's starting to feel really good now. It was a tight game in the end, which made my last shot more difficult than it should have been. We're grooving into a zone now, but there's still room for improvement. However I think we're really close to reaching our top level. We just need to hang in there now."
In the fourth game of the session, Finland met Switzerland, and the Swiss made the first break-through in the fourth end when skip Sven Michel scored three points for a 4-2 lead. In the tenth end, Michel scored a single point to win by 7-5 and bounce back from three successive losses.
Afterwards, Michel said: "We knew we had to win tonight, and after three losses, we were under pressure. We’re happy that we got that win, but we have two really important games tomorrow and we’ll keep fighting."
Session 11: Finland 5, Switzerland 7; Japan 4, Denmark 7; Norway 7, Canada 10; USA 8, Scotland 6.
Standings after 11 sessions:
Canada won 6, Lost 1
Czech Republic 3-4
Note: Standings do not reflect win-loss record and Draw Shot Challenge until end of the round robin
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