Canada win extra end thriller over Denmark to move joint-top

  • Canada were locked in a close battle with Denmark this afternoon Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

Canada beat Denmark by 11-8 in an extra end in Sunday (3 April) afternoon's fourth session of round-robin play at the World Men's Curling Championship 2016 in Basel, Switzerland, and now join Sweden, who sat out the session, at the top of the rankings, on two wins and no losses.

Canada and Denmark had both won their opening games and in the second end, Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne played a difficult triple raise take-out to score three points and take a 3-1 lead. The game went all the way to an extra end, and in that end, Canada's skip Kevin Koe hit-out a Danish counter to score three points and win the game by 11-8.

Russia played Scotland and in the fourth end of the game Russia's skip Alexey Tselousov moved a whole house full of stones with his own last stone, to score four in the end and take a 5-1 lead. In the ninth end, Scottish skip Tom Brewster found himself down by 3-9 but managed to limit the damage with a double take-out that scored three points. However, the Scots ran out of stones in the tenth end, with a final score of 9-6 to Russia.

Norway faced Korea and the Norwegians opened their account strongly, with their skip Thomas Ulsrud hitting out a Korean stone to score four points for a 4-2 lead in the second end. Ulsrud played another hit in the eighth end this time scoring two points for an 8-6 lead on the way to an eventual 9-6 victory.

In the fourth game of this session Finland played USA and in the fifth end, Finnish skip Aku Kauste drew his last stone into the house to score two points in the end and take a 4-3 lead into the half-time break. After the break USA skip John Shuster drew in the sixth end to score two points and take the lead again, at 5-4. USA then went on to win by 7-5.

They Said It

Kevin Koe; Canada skip (after 11-8 win over Denmark) : "Obviously, it feels good just to get the win, especially with the way the game went. We really struggled with draw weight in that game, and the ice was a little tricky. But, just to hang in there and give ourselves a chance felt good. We made the shots we needed at the right time."

Alexey Tselousov; Russia skip (after 9-6 win over Scotland) : "We were happy to win the game because Scotland made it feel not so easy. We just made more important shots than them and that was the key to the win today."

Thomas Ulsrud; Norway skip (after 9-6 win over Korea) : “That was a really close match but we managed to get a big deuce in the eighth end. That was pretty much the game. We are 2-1 right now, not looking too shabby, so hopefully we pick it up towards the end of the week when it’s time to hand out the medals.”

Tyler George; USA third (after 7-5 win over Finland): “You’re always waiting for the first win until you get it. I know it sounds simple but once you get that one on the board you remember ‘Ok, this is who we are’ and you find yourself as a team again."

RESULTS, session 4

Denmark 8-11 Canada; Scotland 6-9 Russia; Korea 6-9 Norway; USA 7-5 Finland

STANDINGS after session 4

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

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast on Canada v USA at 19.00 (CET, Sunday 3 April)