Session 16: Sweden secure third place and spot in the Play-offs

Sweden v China highlights from World Curling TV

Sweden qualified for the Page Play-offs after securing third place with a 7-5 win over China in their final round robin game on Thursday afternoon at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2015 being held in the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Canada.

In the fifth end of the game, Sweden's skip Niklas Edin scored two points with an angle raise take-out to take a 4-2 lead.

Eventually, their skip Niklas Edin cleared a Chinese stone out of the house in the tenth end, to blank the end and win by 7-6.

After what was an important win for him, Edin said: "We're in the Play-offs! It didn’t look it after we were won two, lost three, but we picked it up. I didn’t have my best day today but there’s still one more game to come and we’ll try to find play-off form."

In other games, USA were also still seeking medal progress when they faced Russia in this session.

In the sixth end USA skip John Shuster tapped out a Russian stone to score two points for a 5-2 lead.

This game went to an extra end before USA emerged as 6-5 victors to keep their qualification hopes alive.

After his win, Shuster said: "I didn’t feel as comfortable out there today. But we can wait and see."

The USA are going to have to wait for results in Thursday evening’s final round robin session of play to learn their fate. About that, Shuster added: "I don’t think I’m going to watch too closely because that would drive me insane. Let the chips fall where they may."

Canada faced Italy in what was their final round robin game.

Italy managed to take two points from the fifth end to level the score at 4-4 when their fourth player, Amos Mosaner, playing as skip again today, promoted one of his own stones to take out a counting Canadian stone.

In the tenth end, Canada's skip Pat Simmons accurately picked out the counting Italian stone on the button to score one point and seal a 7-6 win.

Afterwards, Canada's third player John Morris said: "That was a good character win. It was good to finish off with a win - we can build on that going into the Play-offs."

Defending champions Norway shared top slot with Canada as they too played their last round robin game, against Switzerland.

In the fifth end of this game Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud drew his final stone into the house to score two points and take a 5-1 lead.

In the eighth end, Switzerland's Marc Pfister drew his final stone into the house to score two points and reduce Norway's lead to 6-4, which eventually became the final score in what was Norway's tenth win overall.

Session 16:
Sweden 7, China 6; USA 6, Russia 5; Canada 7, Italy 6; Switzerland 4, Norway 6.

After 16 sessions of play (W-L):

1. Canada 10-1 (Qualified for the Page 1v2 Play-off game)
1. Norway 10-1 (Qualified for the Page 1v2 Play-off game)
3. Sweden 7-3 (Qualified for the Page 3v4 Play-off game)
4. USA 6-5
5. Finland 5-5
5. Switzerland 5-5
7. Japan 4-6
8. China 4-7
9. Czech Republic 3-7
9. Italy 3-7
9. Scotland 3-7
12. Russia 2-8

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.

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.

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