Canada into World Men’s final after Page 1-2 win

  • Canada in action during the Page 1-2 game Photo: WCF / Céline Stucki

Table-toppers Canada faced second-placed Denmark in Friday (8 April) evening's Page 1-2 play-off at the World Men's Curling Championship 2016 in Basel, Switzerland and won by 5-3 to qualify direct for Sunday's (10 April) Gold Medal Game (15.00, Central European Time).

Because they ranked number one from the round-robin, Canada had last-stone advantage in this game and they used it to open the scoring with one point in the first end, although their skip Kevin Koe was heavy with his draw and had to settle for one, rather than the score of two he was looking for.

In the second end, Denmark's skip Rasmus Stjerne hit-out a Canadian stone to level the score at 1-1. Canada moved ahead again in the third end when Koe played a draw into the house to score one and take a 2-1 lead. Denmark then blanked the fourth end and, in the fifth end, Stjerne played a nose-hit to score one and level the score again at 2-2.

Canada blanked the sixth end and then, in the seventh, Koe played a well-judged draw into the button to score a game-changing three points for a 5-2 lead. After blanking the eighth end, Denmark could only score one point in the ninth end with a double takeout. Subsequently, they were run out of stones by Canada in the tenth end to give Canada a 5-3 win and the direct route to Sunday's final.

Denmark will now play the winner of the Page 3-4 play-off game between Japan and USA [14.00 (CET), Saturday 9 April] in the sole semi-final [19.00 (CET), Saturday 9 April], with the winner playing Canada for Gold medals and the loser playing the 3-4 loser for Bronze medals [10.00 (CET) Sunday 10 April].

They Said It

Kevin Koe; Canada skip (after 5-3 Page 1-2 win over Denmark): “It’s fun curling in these games. You want to feel some pressure and intensity because that means you’re playing in a big game. Both teams played well, and it came down to one end, really. We knew we were in the neighbourhood on that shot [draw for three in seventh end] and the guys did a great job. They didn’t have a lot of room to manoeuvre with because we were basically drawing to the side of the button.”

Rasmus Stjerne; Denmark skip (after 3-5 Page 1-2 loss to Canada): "I didn't really feel that was ever going our way. They played really confident and they didn't leave us anything. It was just one of those game, the first ones to score two was going to make the pace, and they scored three, which was even worse. We've just got to go back to basics now – it's not over yet. We know we can beat whoever comes through the 3-4 game, because we've beaten them already. We just need to go back, make some shots, and get more confidence."

RESULT, Page 1-2 play-off 

Canada 5-3 Denmark

STANDINGS after Page 1-2 play-off
Canada 11-1: qualified Gold Medal Game
Denmark 8-4: qualified semi-final
Japan 8-3: qualified Page 3-4
USA 8-3: qualified Page 3-4
Norway 7-4
Sweden 6-5
Scotland 5-6
Finland 5-6
Switzerland 4-7
Korea 2-9
Russia 2-9
Germany 1-10

WCTV highlights Next broadcast on Page 3-4 play-off, Japan v USA at 14.00 (CET, Saturday 9 April)