USA balance win-loss record, while Sweden and Switzerland win to stay joint second

  • Lead John Landsteiner and second Matt Hamilton for USA Photo: © WCF / Michael Burns

Both Sweden and Switzerland had wins in Tuesday (4 April) morning’s ninth session of round-robin play in the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017, being held in Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum, Canada.

These wins maintain their places in joint second position on the rankings behind unbeaten leaders Canada, who sat this session out. Meanwhile, an important win for USA, over Norway, puts them in a four-way tie in fifth place, along with their opponent. These teams, along with China and Italy have now won three games and lost three games.

Sweden faced Italy and won by 8-2 in just six ends, thanks largely to scores of three points in the second end and four in the fourth end.

By contrast, Switzerland had a tough battle against Scotland, which was finally won when Scotland’s final stone of the tenth end came in at the wrong angle to leave two Swiss stones counting in the house. This gave Peter De Cruz and his team a score of two points and a 6-5 win, without having to play their final stone.

Germany opened their game against China with a score of two points in the first end. A steal of two more points then gave them a 5-2 lead after six ends. China then scored single points in each of the next three ends to level the game at 5-5 going into the tenth end. A single point in that tenth end gave Germany a 6-5 win and their second win of the week so far.

The fourth game of the session saw Norway face USA and it was the Americans who came out on top, scoring three points in the second end and four points in the fifth end on the way to a 9-3 win.

They said it

Rasmus Wranaa; second, Sweden (after 8-2 win over Italy): "We played really well and unfortunately for Italy they struggled a bit and gave us a few chances for some big ends. They had a few missed draws which opened the door for us to get multiple point ends."

Benoit Schwarz; third, Switzerland (after 6-5 win over Scotland): “That was very important – huge. We’re at 5-1 and are in a good spot for the play-offs. Our goal is to improve during the whole week, whatever team we are facing.”

Alexander Baumann; skip, Germany (after 6-5 win over China): “It feels amazing it was an important draw to the button for the win. We started really strong and in the middle of the game we struggled a little bit but in the end, it was a W for us.”

Tyler George; third, USA (after 9-3 win over Norway): “I thought we just made more shots today in key spots. I think it was real important that we didn’t get down after last nights [loss to Canada]. We felt like we were right there and finished ends off. The three and the four tell you that we did that today.”

Results after session nine: Sweden 8-2 Italy; Switzerland 6-5 Scotland; Germany 6-5 China; Norway 3-9 USA

Standings after session nine:

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

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