Switzerland to meet Sweden in semi-final in Edmonton

  • Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Switzerland won Saturday (8 April) afternoon’s Page 3v4 play-off game, beating USA by 11-4, to set up a semi-final showdown with Sweden at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017, being staged in Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum in Canada.

Winning this game kept Switzerland’s title hopes alive, but USA will now face the semi-final loser for bronze medals. Meanwhile, Canada, unbeaten so far, are already assured of their place in the gold medal game.

The semi-final will be played at 19.00 (-6 UTC) on Saturday and is live on World Curling TV and national broadcasters

In the opening end of the game, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz hit out a USA stone and kept his own in position to open the scoring with two points.

The teams swapped two points in the second and third ends and, in the fourth end, with the score at 4-2, the Swiss scored two more points when USA’s skip John Shuster came up short with a draw. This extended the Swiss lead to 6-2.

In the fifth end, Shuster was more accurate with his draw-weight as he delivered his last stone, to score one point and reduce Switzerland’s half-time lead to 6-3.

In the sixth end, Switzerland’s Schwarz hit out a collection of stones with his own last to leave two undisturbed Swiss stones scoring two points.

USA’s Shuster scored one more point in the seventh end when he delivered a draw inside three Swiss counters already in the house. Schwarz then finished off the game in the eighth end with another hit, to remove the only USA stone in the house, to score three points from the end and seal an 11-4 win.

They said it

Peter De Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 11-4 Page 3v4 play-off game win over USA): “We had a good day’s rest yesterday and we’re feeling pretty confident – the ice is brilliant so we could make our shots. I think our rock placement was really, really good. Whenever we had two or three rocks in the house, they were in really good positions and they had no chance to steal or score a deuce, so that was good. Now we’re ready for tonight’s game. All we can do [against Sweden] is play our best and we’ll see whatever happens. If we play our game and they miss some shots we will win, so hopefully we will get a few misses out of Niklas [Edin, Sweden skip].”

John Shuster; skip, USA (after 4-11 Page 3v4 play-off game loss to Switzerland): “You can’t give up steals of two against teams like this and win, but a world medal is something that is extremely important to our team and to our country. There’s no way on earth that we aren’t going to give it our all tomorrow to win another bronze medal.”

First eight men’s curling teams set for 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Resultds at the conclusion of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 round-robin mean that Canada, Great Britain (qualified as Scotland), Japan, hosts Korea, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and USA have qualified their National Olympic Committees for the men’s curling event in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea. The Games will be held from 9-25 February 2018.

This also means that China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Russia are eligible to compete in the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Qualification Event to be held in Pilsen, Czech Republic between 5 and 10 December 2017. This event will determine the last two men’s teams to qualify for the Games.

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of these championships on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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WCTV highlights next live game: Sweden v Switzerland [Semi-final] (Saturday 8 April at 19.00, -6 UTC)