Norway defeat Canada to qualify for gold medal game

Norway v Canada 1v2 Page Play-off highlights from World Curling TV

Defending champions Norway beat hosts Canada 7-6 in Friday evening's 1v2 Page Play-off to qualify for the gold medal game at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2015 being held in the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Canada.

Norway qualified for their second successive World Men's Curling Championship gold medal game Photo: WCF/CC/Michael Burns

This result qualifies Norway for their second successive World Men’s Curling Championship gold medal game after winning the event in Beijing, China last year.

In the play-off, Norway opened the scoring with one point in the first end, and, in the second end, Canada's skip Pat Simmons hit out a Norwegian stone to score two points and take a 2-1 lead.

In the fifth end, Simmons was facing three Norwegian counters when he drew his final stone into the house to score one point and take a 3-2 lead.

Canada then stole a single point in the sixth end to move their lead to 4-2.

In the seventh end, Ulsrud played an angle raise double take-out to score two points and level the score at 4-4.

After Canada had scored one point in the eighth end for a 5-4 lead, Ulsrud hit out a Canadian stone to score two points in the ninth end and take a 6-5 lead.

Tight all the way, Canada levelled the game with one point in the tenth end to tie the game at 6-6.

Eventually, Norway's Ulsrud drew his last stone of the extra end into the house to score one point and claim the 7-6 win that now guarantees his Norwegian team at least silver medals.

After this win, Ulsrud said: “It feels really good because that was a really tight game. We had some good breaks and neither team was ever that far in front. I had to make a really crucial shot in seven I think, I had to make a run-double, not my favourite shot but I pulled it off."

Meanwhile, Canada's skip Pat Simmons reflected: "We played pretty well and certainly had chances. That's the way the game goes. We live to fight another day."

Canada will now face either Sweden or Finland in the sole semi-final.

To reach this stage, Sweden finished the round robin in a clear third place while Finland beat USA 6-5 in the tie-breaker earlier on Friday to determine fourth place.

SCHEDULE (all times local, Atlantic Daylight Time)
3v4 Page Play-off: Sweden v Finland (14:30)
Semi-final: Canada v winner of 3v4 Page Play-off (19:30)

Finland 6, USA 5.
1v2 Page Play-off: Canada 6, Norway 7.

Standings after 1v2 Page Play-off (W-L):
1. Norway 11-1 (Qualified for gold medal game)
2. Canada 10-2 (To play winner of 3v4 in semi-final)
3. Sweden 8-3 (To play Finland in 3v4 Page Play-off)
4. Finland 7-5 (To play Sweden in 3v4 Page Play-off)
5. USA 6-6
6. Japan 5-6
7. Switzerland 5-6
8. China 4-7
9. Czech Republic 4-7
10. Italy 3-8
11. Scotland 3-8
12. Russia 2-9

Rankings are determined by rule C9 of the World Curling Federation's ‘The Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition’. Details can be obtained at

Results, news, videos and photos from the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2015 can be seen here on the World Curling Federation’s official event website:

Video Highlights: Highlights from games throughout the Championship will be available to watch courtesy of World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation.

WCTV will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Halifax. The full broadcast schedule is here:

In addition, curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2015 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel

The 2016 Ford World Men's Curling Championship will be staged in Basel, Switzerland starting on Saturday 2nd April.