USA beat defending champions as Canada move into pole position

  • USA's John Landsteiner and Matt Hamilton sweep a stone against Sweden

A 8-3 victory for USA against defending champions Sweden and a 9-2 win for Canada over Japan in this evening’s eighth session of round-robin play at the World Men’s Curling Championship 2016, sees Canada sit at the top-of-the-table after day three, in Basel, Switzerland.

USA skip John Shuster had established a 7-2 lead by the fifth end, having hit for three points in the second end. He scored a further four in the fourth end with a double angle raise. Sweden, skipped by Niklas Edin, who was replaced by Alternate Henrik Leek in the sixth end, with Oskar Erikisson taking over as skip, conceded the game after six ends at 8-3.

Canada had steals of two, five and one in each of the third, fourth and fifth ends of their game against Japan. Japan’s only score came in the sixth and final end, when they scored two points before conceding the game at 9-2. Kevin Koe’s team have now won five games from five.

Stealing twos in the second and seventh ends helped skip Rasmus Stjerne of Denmark and his team to a 9-1 win over Germany, who are still without a win at this event.

In the final game of the session Finland won their second game of the day and the event, beating hosts Switzerland, 12-6.

They Said It

Tyler George; USA vice-skip (after 8-3 win over Sweden): “We were just so much sharper tonight. We’ve actually been getting sharper as the week has gone on but that was the game we were waiting for. Rock placement was great. Our draw weight was better than it had been all week so that was huge. We were placing rocks so well.”

John Dunn; Canada coach (after 9-2 win over Japan): “Obviously we played well tonight. We’re in the middle of this three-games-in-a-row stretch right now, so any time you get the opportunity to shake hands early and get to bed early, and with our first morning game tomorrow, the timing of this is pretty good.”

Rasmus Stjerne; Denmark skip (after 9-1 win over Germany): “I think we had a good day. We played a difficult game mid-day and we had to get right back on and it’s kind of hard but we took our time, got back into it and played really well from the start. It’s such an even field, so we still have to fight for every game.”

RESULTS, session 8

USA 8-3 Sweden; Canada 9-2 Japan; Denmark 7-1 Germany; Finland 12-6 Switzerland

STANDINGS after session 8

Canada 5-0
Norway 4-1
Sweden 4-1
Denmark 3-2
Japan 3-2
USA 3-2
Finland 2-3
Russia 2-3
Scotland 2-3
Switzerland 2-3
Germany 0-5
Korea 0-5

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast on Switzerland v USA at 09.00 (CET, Tuesday 5 April)