Session 13: Sweden's play-off hopes boosted by win against Japan

  • Sweden skip Niklas Edin and his team remain in the play-off hunt Photo: WCF/CC/Michael Burns

With joint-table toppers Canada and Norway both sitting out, Sweden put pressure on them as they defeated Japan in Wednesday afternoon's 13th session of round robin play at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2015 in Halifax, Canada.

In the third end of their game at the Scotiabank Centre, Sweden's skip Niklas Edin hit out a Japanese stone to score three points and take a 5-1 lead.

In the fifth end, Edin had another hit, this time for one point and a 6-2 lead.

In the sixth end, Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi was facing three Swedish stones as he attempted a take-out, but he missed to give Sweden three points from the end and a 9-2 win - Sweden's fifth successive victory.

After what was his sixth win overall, Edin said: "We’ve had five wins in a row now and this one is probably the most important of them, with Japan being at the same spot in the table as us. Now we need to keep at this level."

Scotland played Switzerland in this session, and, in the fourth end of the game, Scotland's skip Ewan MacDonald hit out a Swiss stone on the button to score two points and take a 3-1 lead.

This game went all the way to an extra end and, when Swiss skip Marc Pfister was heavy with his final draw attempt, Scotland stole one point for a 5-4 win.

This was a third straight win for Scotland and afterwards, skip MacDonald said: "That was a tough last draw he had there, there was a lot of snow on that side - it wasn't that easy."

The Scots had started with five successive losses, and about that MacDonald said: "We could have just rolled over at five and zero and gone away, so I believe this shows the character of our team."

Finland faced Russia and, in the sixth end of the game Finland's skip Aku Kauste scored two points when his stone stayed in the house after hitting out a Russia stone already there, to give his team a 5-2 lead.

In the tenth end, with the score tied at 6-6, Kauste again hit out a Russian stone to score two points and win the game by 8-6.

Later, Kauste said: “It’s all mixed up now and anything can happen so it was a big win."

Italy played the Czech Republic in the fourth game of this session and in the tenth end, Italy's fourth player and skipping in this game, Amos Mosaner, hit out a Czech stone with his own final effort, to score two points and win the game by 9-6.

This win came after six successive Italian losses and their skip Joel Retornaz said: "It's a big relief. We've started to play better again. There was a big change in the line-up - we just wanted to keep every player relaxed and focused on their own rocks. We played rock after rock and finally we got another win."

Session 13:
Russia 6, Finland 8; Sweden 9, Japan 2; Scotland 5, Switzerland 4; Italy 9, Czech Republic 6.

After 13 sessions of play (W-L):

1. Canada 7-1
1. Norway 7-1
3. Sweden 6-3
4. Switzerland 5-4
5. Finland 4-4
5. Japan 4-4
7. China 3-5
7. Czech Republic 3-5
7. Scotland 3-5
7. USA 3-5
11. Italy 3-6
12. Russia 2-7

During the round robin portion of a competition, teams with the same win-loss record will be listed alphabetically, by their three letter code, and ranked equal.

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.

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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.

 Draw 13 Statistics
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