Sweden qualify for play-offs, as USA move into coveted fourth place

  • Sweden celebrate their win Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

In Wednesday (5 April) evening’s 14th round-robin session in the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship – being held in the Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Canada – Sweden secured their place in the weekend’s medal play-off games.

A 10-4 win over Switzerland, confirmed Sweden in a clear second place on the rankings and made them the second qualifiers – behind unbeaten leaders Canada.

In this game, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin drew his last stone of the seventh end into the house to score five points from the end and force the Swiss to concede.

The game between Norway and Germany went all the way to an extra end. With the final shot of the game Germany’s skip Alexander Baumann attempted a near impossible run-back – not making it he handed Norway a steal of one point and an 8-7 win.

China played USA and in the fourth end, USA skip John Shuster tapped up one of his own stones to score two points and give his team a 5-1 lead. In the next end, China’s skip Rui Liu wrecked his last stone on a front guard on the way into the house to give USA a steal of two points to move their lead to 7-1. China later conceded, with a final score of 8-2 for USA.

Italy faced Scotland and in the fifth end of this game Scotland’s skip David Murdoch successfully got his final stone inside three Italian counters, already in the house, to score one point. With this he established a 3-2 lead. The Scots went on to win by 6-2.

They said it

John Shuster; skip, USA (after 8-2 win over China): “The conditions were great tonight. I think the level of play that we brought out there was a combination of that and how well we’re throwing the rocks right now.”

David Murdoch; skip, Scotland (after 2-6 win over Italy): “I felt we controlled the game. We’ve been saying we’re not doing much wrong so for us it was just ‘come out and play our normal game’.”

Oskar Eriksson; third, Sweden (after 10-4 win over Switzerland): “We started well but couldn’t quite figure out the ice since it’s changed a bit from game to game. We were also a bit tired out there both mentally and physically, but we said during the fifth end break that we just need to stay focused and keep grinding to stay in the lead. Now it feels really great. By winning this key match it gives us the chance still for the 1v2 page play-off game”

Results after session 14: Norway 8-7 Germany; China 2-8 USA; Italy 2-6 Scotland; Switzerland 4-10 Sweden

Standings after session 14:

Q CAN - Canada 9-0
Q SWE - Sweden 8-1
SUI - Switzerland 7-2
USA - United States 6-3
JPN - Japan 5-4
CHN - China 4-5
ITA - Italy 4-5
NOR - Norway 4-5
SCO - Scotland 4-5
GER - Germany 2-7
NED - Netherlands 1-8
RUS - Russia 0-9

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