Session 6: Canada maintain unbeaten record while Japan get back to winning ways

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Unbeaten Canada defeated a Czech Republic team that was sitting in joint second place in Monday morning's sixth session of round robin play to remain top of the standings at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship in Halifax, Canada.

Japan got revenge after China defeated them in last year's Pacific-Asia Curling Championship final Photo: WCF/CC/Michael Burns

Canada started strongly at the Scotiabank Centre, scoring four points in the second end when their skip Pat Simmons hit out the Czech stone that was lying shot and tapping out another at the back of the house.

After this strong start, Canada won the game by 11-2 in just six ends. They followed the second end four points with steals of three points in both the third and fourth ends.

The teams swapped single points in the fifth and sixth ends before the Czechs conceded.

After this, Canada skip Pat Simmons said: "It was one of those games where we made a couple of key shots, it could have been a completely different game, but we were able to make them and put some pressure on them. That was uncharacteristic of them and not indicative of how they usually play I'm sure, but we're happy with it and we'll take it."

Defending champions Norway faced a Scottish team still looking for their first win in this session.

Norway opened their account by hitting out an open Scottish stone in the second end to score six points for a 6-1 lead.

Eventually, in the eighth end, another hit on a Scottish stone gave Norway the final two points in their 11-6 win, as Scotland conceded.

Speaking of the score of six points against them in the second end, Scottish skip Ewan MacDonald could only say: "What an end!"

Meanwhile Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud said: "We wanted a better start today - it’s not often you score six in the second end in the Worlds. But we got some really good breaks and the angles turned out great for us so it was actually quite an easy shot at the end. And that was the game right there."

Finland and USA had each won just one game when they faced each other in this session.

In the fifth end Finnish skip Aku Kauste drew his last stone into the house to score two points for a 3-1 lead.

He then completed his win with a nose-hit for one point in the tenth end and a 7-4 victory.

This was Finland's second win of the week and Kauste said: "We're finally starting to play well. It's a really even field so for most of the teams it is really just coming down to who is having the better day."

Pacific-Asia Curling Championship 2014 finalists Japan and China played each other in this session.

In the fourth end, Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi hit out a Chinese stone to score three points and take a 6-3 lead.

In the ninth end, Morozumi drew his last stone into the house to score two more points and win by 9-5.

After this third win for Japan that puts them into joint second place alongside Norway, skip Morozumi said: "That was an important win because we want to finish in the top four, qualify for the play-offs and hopefully win a medal. The team are throwing well so if we can keep this going we will do well."

RESULTS
Session 6:
Czech Republic 2, Canada 11; USA 4, Finland 7; China 5, Japan 9; Norway 11, Scotland 6.

STANDINGS
Standings after 6 sessions of play (W-L):

1. Canada 4-0
2. Japan 3-1
2. Norway 3-1
4. Italy 2-1
4. Switzerland 2-1
6. Czech Republic 2-2
6. Finland 2-2
8. Russia 1-2
8. Sweden 1-2
10. China 1-3
10. USA 1-3
12. Scotland 0-4

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: 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.

 Draw 6 Statistics
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