Switzerland win again, while victories for USA and Italy sets up fourth place tie

  • Vice-skip Benoit Schwarz and skip Peter De Cruz of Switzerland Photo: © WCF / Michael Burns

The Americans needed an extra end to win against Japan in session 11 in the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 on Tuesday (4 April) evening.

Meanwhile, in the same session it took all the way to the last stone for Switzerland to beat Netherlands and keep their position in second place, in the standings.

In a back-and-forth battle, Japan made a draw to the button in the tenth end to force an extra end, where USA skip John Shuster came out on top after a draw to the four-foot in the 11th end, to win 7-6. Now, in a three way tie alongside Italy – who beat Russia on Tuesday evening – and Japan, with four wins and three losses, USA face Germany and China in their next two games.

Italy kept the Russians searching for their first win with a 9-5 defeat after nine ends. Italy grabbed the momentum early with a triple take-out for four points, in the fourth end, by Amos Mosaner. Italy added two more points in the eighth end, followed by a steal of two points in the ninth end, at which point Russia shook hands.

Tied in the tenth end with the hammer versus Netherlands, Switzerland made a delicate last stone tap-back to the button behind a centre guard to win 9-6 and improve their record to six wins and one loss. This keeps them tied with Sweden in second place. Despite a close game with the Swiss, Netherlands are still looking to win their first game of the championship.

Canada roll through another game with a win over Germany in six ends to add a seventh straight victory in their favour. They remain at the top-of-the-table after this win. The Canadians scored four points in the fourth end to widen the gap between the teams, en route to an eventual 8-2 final score.

They said it

Amos Mosaner; fourth, Italy (after 9-5 win over Russia): “This is the fourth win for us, but we play game for game and we see what happens. Now we are four wins and three losses and tomorrow we have two big games.”

Matt Hamilton; second, USA (after 7-6 extra end win over Japan): "The two wins today obviously helps on the scoreboard but it’s way bigger for our confidence in how we have to finish the rest of the week. There are no easy games here so we’re taking it one at a time and hope to rattle four off."

Peter De Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 9-6 win over Netherlands): “Crazy day! We played against two teams that played a lot better than most of the teams we’ve played until now. So, we’re a little surprised. We were more or less in control the whole game, but it was always like ‘when is the big end going to come?’ We had to wait until the last end with an almost impossible shot – it was close.”

Laurens Hoekman; second, Netherlands (after 6-9 loss to Switzerland): “Obviously we’re disappointed now, but ultimately we played a great game. We gained a lot of confidence. We didn’t give away anything and created chances for ourselves. It was great that the crowd got behind us when Canada was done with their game. The atmosphere is fantastic. Tomorrow they’ll cheer for Canada when we face them, but when we make good shots we’ll get applause as well. We’ll give it our best.”

Results after session 11: Germany 2-8 Canada; USA 7-6 Japan; Russia 5-9 Italy; Netherlands 6-9 Switzerland

Standings after session 11:

Canada 7-0
Switzerland 6-1
Sweden 6-1
Italy 4-3
Japan 4-3
USA 4-3
China 3-4
Norway 3-4
Scotland 3-4
Germany 2-5
Netherlands 0-7
Russia 0-7

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