Finland overcome Sweden as USA beat Switzerland in Basel

  • Finland second Pauli Jaamies looks for pin-point accuracy against Sweden Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

Finland defeated defending champions Sweden in Tuesday (5 April) morning’s ninth session of round-robin play at the World Men’s Curling Championship 2016 in Basel, Switzerland, while USA won against hosts Switzerland.

A steal of one in the fourth end established a 3-2 lead for Aku Kauste’s Finnish team, before Swedish skip Niklas Edin tied the scores at 3-3, with a hit for one, at the fifth end break.

Scoring three points after the break, in the sixth end, and then stealing a single point in the eighth end took Kauste’s lead to 8-6. Finland ran Sweden out of stones in the tenth end, when Edin conceded the game. This is Finland’s third consecutive win at this event.

Similarly, USA posted their third consecutive win of this championship and move into joint-third place with Sweden and Denmark. Despite being a 6-7 down after eight ends, a score of two points in the eighth end and then a steal of one in the ninth end saw them win the game 9-7.

Denmark defeated Japan 7-5 in this session, with skip Rasmus Stjerne being scored at 98% for his shooting record - a percentage he has reached in three of his last four games. Canada remain undefeated in Basel, winning all six of their games. In this session they beat Germany 6-3.

They Said It

Aku Kuaste; Finland skip (after 8-6 win over Sweden): “This one was a pretty big one, and last night also [against Switzerland]. Two really good wins now. I think we are a bit more confident, how the ice is doing and how the sweeping is affected on these conditions and how the rocks are reacting.”

Rasmus Stjerne; Denmark skip (after 7-5 win over Japan): “This is our first back-to-back win. We really wanted to do that but the Japanese were really pushing us to the test. We struggled in the first half, just barely kept it tight. We got down after the break and really had our backs to the wall, but we just stuck together and it worked out. I feel we're in a good mental state, following our processes, but we still have to keep doing that and it's going to be five real hard games to get through – one game at a time and we'll see where it takes us.”

John Shuster; USA skip (after 9-7 win over Sitzerland): “It was a battle. I struggled a little bit early but we battled through it and came out on top. I’m happy to be 4-2. It feels kind of like we should be 5-1 after a shot I should have made against Canada, but we’re 4-2 and have a big game coming up tonight against Scotland.”

RESULTS, session 9

Denmark 7-5 Japan; Finland 8-6 Sweden; USA 9-7 Switzerland; Canada 6-3 Germany

STANDINGS after session 9

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

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast on Japan v Korea at 14.00 (CET, Tuesday 5 April)