Canada continue winning run in Edmonton

  • Brad Gushue delivers for Canada Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

With a seven-end 8-2 win over Scotland in Monday (3 April) afternoon’s seventh session of round-robin play, Canada maintained their unbeaten position at the top of the rankings in the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017.

Canada dominated their game against the Scots throughout - in the Northlands Coliseum, in Edmonton, Canada - hitting out for two points in the first end and then, after Scotland skip David Murdoch could only draw for one point in the second end.

The teams swapped singles in ends five and six and then, in the seventh end, when Gushue drew his final stone into the eight-foot to score one point, the Scots conceded, at 2-8.

Sweden were in joint second place on the rankings when they faced Japan in this session and, in the sixth end, their skip Niklas Edin hit out a Japanese stone to score two points for a 5-3 lead. In the next end, Japan’s skip Yusuke Morozumi played a double take-out to score one point and reduce the Swedish lead to just one point, at 5-4. The Swedes went on to win by 8-5, to remain in second place, but on their own.

Elsewhere in this session, China faced a Netherlands team still looking for their first win. The score was 2-2 as the teams went into the fourth end, but a hit by China skip Rui Liu in this end gave China four points from the end and a 6-2 lead. Then, in the sixth end, Liu scored three more points with a last-stone draw to give his team a 9-3 lead. The Dutch conceded the game after this.

Norway faced Russia, another team without a win so far, and in the sixth end their skip Steffen Walstad drew his final stone into the house to score one point for a 3-2 lead on the way to a 5-3 win.

They said it

Steffen Walstad; skip, Norway (after 5-3 win over Russia): "It was a struggle, probably my worst draw game so far in this championship. I made one in the eighth though [a steal] and that bailed us out. The rest of the team played well and that kept us in the game."

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 8-5 win over Japan): “I think the deuce in the second end was the turning point and we always had the momentum in that game even although it was close. It was super important to get that win. We’re getting better and stronger and the ice is getting better too, so to be on only one loss is important.”

Brad Gushue; skip, Canada (after 8-2 win over Scotland): “I thought our team played really well and kept a bit of pressure on David [Murdoch, Scotland skip] and got a couple of misses out of him. I’m happy the game went the way it did.”

Results after session seven: Netherlands 3-9 China; Norway 5-3 Russia; Sweden 8-5 Japan; Scotland 2-8 Canada

Standings after session seven:

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

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