Wins for Sweden and Japan keep play-off hopes alive

  • Japan skip Yusuke Morozumi watches his stone Photo: WCF / Céline Stucki

Defending champions Sweden handed Canada its first loss of the event, winning 4-3 in an extra end at the World Men’s Curling Championship 2016 in Basel, Switzerland.

In the ninth end Sweden skip Niklas Edin made a hit for two points to edge a point in front of Canada at 3-2. Then in the extra end, Edin made a hit to score the one point needed to win the game at 4-3.

Japan, won 8-7 over the USA in ten ends. In the third end USA skip John Shuster tapped back a Japan stone to score two points and take a 2-1 lead. But, Japan’s skip Yusuke Morozumi executed a raised takeout in the eighth end to move Japan ahead by 7-5, before winning the game 8-7.

Denmark and hosts Switzerland battled into an extra end in which Denmark won 7-6, and after losing their morning game to Scotland, Finland won 9-1 over Germany in six ends.

They Said It

Niklas Edin; Sweden skip (after 4-3 win over Canada) : “We needed a win here. Three loses in a row, and not feeling confident out there, the ice has been really tricky.”

Kusuke Morozumi; Japan lead (after 8-7 win over USA) : “We feel so happy because it was a tough game for us and we made a lot of great shots. They shot really good, but we shot better.”

RESULTS, session 13

Finland 9-1 Germany; Denmark 7-6 Switzerland; Canada 3-4 Sweden; USA 7-8 Japan

STANDINGS after session 13

Canada 8-1
Norway 6-2
Denmark 6-3
USA 6-3
Japan 5-3
Sweden 5-3
Finland 4-5
Scotland 3-5
Switzerland 3-5
Russia 2-6
Germany 1-7
Korea 1-7

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast on Sweden v Korea at 19.00 (CET, Wednesday 6 April)