Korea record first win as Canada remain undefeated

  • Soo Hyuk Kim and Korea pick up their first win of the championship Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Korea played their seventh game of the week so far against Denmark in Tuesday evening's session, and finally managed to record their first win, beating their Danish opponents by 8-5. This result places them in an eleventh place tie with Germany.

At the other end of the table, Canada faced Russia looking to keep their place at the top of the table and their unbeaten record alive. And that they did when, in the eighth end their skip Kevin Koe hit out a Russian stone to score three points from the end and win by 7-2.

USA played Scotland and the Americans opened the first end of this game with an angle raise to score the game's first two points.

In the ninth end, their skip John Shuster played a hit and stay to score two points and take a 7-5 lead. However, in the tenth, the Scots responded when their skip Tom Brewster played a raise double take-out to score two, tie the game at 7-7 and force an extra end. But it was not enough, and USA emerged as 9-7 winners.

Norway and Finland faced each other in the fourth game of this session and, in the second end, Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud raised one of his own stones already in play to score two points and take a 2-1 lead.

In the seventh end, with the score tied at 3-3, Ulsrud drew his last stone into the house, scoring three points to take a 6-3 lead. In the next end Finland's Aku Kauste responded by scoring two points with a hit that reduced the Norway lead to 6-5 but Norway stayed ahead for the rest of the game to win by 7-5.

They Said It:

Soo Hyuk Kim (skip, Korea) after 8-5 win over Denmark: "We had lost the last six games, so had more motivation to have a win tonight. Frankly speaking, we've been expecting more from this event and we would like to get two more wins in our last four games."

Kevin Koe (skip, Canada) after 7-2 win over Russia: "We’ve got some tough teams at the end of our schedule. Obviously, 7-0 is as good as we could hope for, but there are a lot of teams out there with winning records, so it’s really hard to predict what will happen."

Matt Hamilton, (second, USA) after 9-7 win over Scotland: (Speaking about Scotland's two point score in the tenth end) "He made one of the nicest shots I’ve ever seen in person there. Man, that was unbelievable. We’re going to get a nice rest tonight and try to win two more since we have three games in a row. We have to make sure we’re ready for tomorrow."

RESULTS, Session 11

Russia 2-7 Canada; Scotland 7-9 USA; Norway 7-5 Finland; Korea 8-5 Denmark

STANDINGS after session 11

Canada 7-0
Norway 6-1
USA 5-2
Denmark 4-3
Japan 4-3
Sweden 4-3
Finland 3-4
Switzerland 3-4
Russia 2-5
Scotland 2-5
Germany 1-6
Korea 1-6

Next broadcast on www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv Norway v USA at 09.00 (CET, Wednesday 6 April)