Sweden win in extra end to remain unbeaten; Switzerland and Norway have success in six ends

  • Sven Michel, Switzerland skip Photo: WCF / Richard Gray

Defending champions Sweden were taken all the way to an extra end before beating Russia by 4-3, a result that keeps them on top of the rankings on an unblemished four wins.

Russia pushed Sweden all the way to the extra end, but it was the Swedes who won as their skip Niklas Edin drew his last stone inside two Russian counters to score the one point needed for the victory.

In this session, Norway faced a German team still looking for their first win. In the fourth end of the game Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud drew his last stone into the house to score two points for a 4-2 lead and the Norwegians went on to win by 8-2 in just six ends, leaving Germany still without a victory.

Switzerland had lost their two previous games when they faced Korea in this session and they opened well, with skip Sven Michel hitting out a Korean stone to score three in the first end. They built on that in the third end when Michel drew his last stone into the house to score three points again and extend his lead to 6-2. Then, in the fifth end, Michel brought his last stone round a front guard to hit-out a Korean stone and score four points on the way to a 12-4 win.

In the fourth game of the session, Japan faced Scotland. In the seventh end the Scots were 3-1 down when their skip played a double take-out to score four from the end and turn the scoreboard around to 5-3 in their favour. After this, Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi hit-out a Scottish stone in the ninth end to score two points and level the game at 5-5. Japan then went on to win by 6-5 when Scotland had a complete miss on a take-out attempt with the last stone of the tenth end.

They Said It

Thomas Ulsrud; Norway skip (after 8-2 win over Germany): "I think that was all about us handling the ice better. There were some tricky spots but we managed them better than Germany. We got some good breaks early in the game and from then on we could play all the easy shots while he had to try the difficult shots."

Sven Michel; Switzerland skip (after 12.-4 win over Korea): "It was really important for us to bounce back after two losses yesterday - we're happy now. It was a high scoring game, we had some opportunities and they played an aggressive game too, so there were lots of rocks in play and some high scores."

Kosuke Morozumi; Japan lead (after 6-5 win over Scotland): "We had good sweepers and we made our last shot, then all we had to do was wait. That was a good thing, now all we have to do is keep it going."

RESULTS, session 6

Germany 2-8 Norway; Switzerland 12-4 Korea; Sweden 4-3 Russia; Japan 6-5 Scotland

STANDINGS after session 6

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

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