Session 17: Finland earn tie-breaker with win against Italy

  • Finland will now play USA to decide who finishes fourth and gets to take on Sweden in the 3v4 Page Play-off Photo: WCF/CC/Michael Burns

Finland kept their medal hopes alive with a 7-5 win over Italy in Thursday evening's final round robin session of the Ford World Men's Curling Championship in Halifax, Canada.

Their win puts them into a sudden death tie-breaker game against the USA to be played on Friday afternoon.

The winner of the tie-breaker will then go on to play Sweden in the 3v4 Page Play-off game on Saturday afternoon.

In the second end against Italy, Finland's skip Aku Kauste gave himself a good platform with a hit that produced three points for a 3-1 lead.

In the eighth end, Kauste scored another three points, this time with a draw-shot, to take a 6-5 lead.

The final score of 7-5 gave Finland the win that puts them into the tie-breaker with the USA, who sat out this session.

After this victory, Kauste said: "I'm really proud of my team tonight. We've been fighting game after game, we've been in some really tough games, but I'm glad we've got now got a chance in a tie-breaker. I think it will be a tough game against the USA. It was tight in the first game (in the round robin), although we were leading most of the way. They are playing really well so we will have to be prepared."

In other games in this final session, Japan faced Switzerland, with the Swiss still having a chance of going on to the Play-off stages.

In the sixth end, Switzerland skip Marc Pfister drew his last stone into the house to score two points to level the score at 4-4.

Then, In the ninth end, Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi hit out a Swiss stone to score three points to take a 9-6 lead on the way to what was their fifth victory of the week. For both teams however, this result ended their Play-off hopes.

Russia played the Czech Republic, with neither capable of making the Play-offs and, despite Russia scoring three points in the eighth end, the Czechs emerged as 7-6 winners.

In the fourth game of this session, Scotland, already eliminated, were playing Sweden, already assured of third spot and a place in the Play-offs.

In the first end, Sweden's skip Niklas Edin hit out a Scottish stone to score four points.

Although the Scots responded, in the seventh end Edin played a double take-out to count two points and take an 8-5 lead.

In the ninth end, Edin had another hit, this time scoring three points, to win the game by 11-6 and move on to the next stage of the Championship.

Now the Championship moves on, with first-placed defending champions Norway playing Canada in the Page 1v2 Play-off on Friday evening.

The winner of this game will go straight to the Sunday’s gold medal game.

Third-placed Sweden will face the winner of the tie-breaker between Finland and the USA in the Page 3v4 game on Saturday afternoon, with the winner of that going to the semi-final against the Page 1v2 loser.

The loser of the semi-final will then go on to play the loser of the Page 3v4 game for bronze medals, also on Sunday.

SCHEDULE (all times local, Atlantic Daylight Time)
Friday, April 3, 2015
Tie-breaker:
Finland v USA (14:30)
1v2 Page Play-off: Norway v Canada (19:30)

RESULTS
Session 17:
Japan 9, Switzerland 6; Italy 5, Finland 7; Russia 6, Czech Republic 7; Sweden 11, Scotland 6.

STANDINGS
After Round Robin (W-L):

1. Norway 10-1 (To play Canada in Page 1v2 Play-off game)
2. Canada 10-1 (To play Norway in Page 1v2 Play-off game)
3. Sweden 8-3 (Qualified for the Page 3v4 Play-off game)
4. Finland 6-5 (Tie-breaker game versus USA)
4. USA 6-5 (Tie-breaker game versus Finland)
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 www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations

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: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmcc2015/schedule

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 www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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