Switzerland and Sweden keep pace on table leaders

  • Switzerland's Benoit Schwarz Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

Unbeaten leaders Canada sat out of Monday (3 April) morning’s sixth round-robin session in the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 in the Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Canada, and both Switzerland and Sweden took advantage of that to move into joint second place behind them.

Switzerland faced Germany, and, leading 2-1 in the fourth end of the game, their fourth player Benoit Schwarz drew his second stone neatly in to score two points and move his team’s lead to 4-1. Another finely-executed draw in the sixth end by Schwarz produced two more points from the end to move the Swiss even further into the lead, at 6-2, en route to a 7-4 win.

Sweden played Norway in this session, and as the teams went into the fourth end, they were tied at 1-1. Then, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin brought his final stone through a narrow gap among the guards to take out two Norwegian stones and score two points for a 3-1 lead. Sweden delivered the telling blow in the ninth end, scoring four points on the way to an 8-6 win.

In the other games in this session, Italy faced the USA and China played Scotland. In the sixth end of the game between USA and Italy, USA’s skip John Shuster hit out an Italian stone and rolled into position to score one point with his own stone and take a 5-3 lead. USA then went on to win by 8-6.

In the second end of the game between China and Scotland, China’s skip Rui Liu drew his second stone onto the button to open his scoring with two points and take a 2-1 lead. Eventually in the tenth end Liu played a tight take-out on a Scottish stone to score two points and win the game by 9-7.

They said it

John Shuster; skip, USA (after 8-6 win over Italy): “We won the hammer again. The last two times we gave up steals in the first end but this time, being able to score two, we set the tone. That was pretty big for us. Anytime you win, it feels good. We know that we can’t afford to lose too many more so it’s going to be a grind all week.”

Rui Liu; skip, China (after 9-7 win over Scotland): “This was a game that was difficult for us, but we keep going. [In the tenth end] we tried the shot that was easiest for the team.”

Peter De Cruz; skip, Switzerland (after 7-4 win over Germany): “I think we are playing well enough to get to the play-offs, so that’s the goal. We were ahead from the start and we said we are going to keep playing offensive because we know against the top teams Sweden, Canada, Norway we are going to have to play an aggressive game.”

Oskar Eriksson; third player, Sweden (after 8-6 win over Norway): “It felt like we played better this game. We had a bit of issues with figuring out the rocks, so we need to get our rocks in better places and make sure we understand the line and weight a bit quicker than we did in this game.”

Results after session six: Italy 6-8 USA; Scotland 7-9 China; Switzerland 7-4 Germany; Sweden 8-6 Norway

Standings after session six:

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

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