Tuesday 4 April 2017
Canada continued their unbeaten ways with a 9-4 win over China in Tuesday (4 April) afternoon’s tenth session of round-robin play in the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 in the Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton Canada.
This was Canada’s sixth win so far in their unblemished record, however, it was China who opened stronger when their skip Rui Liu drew his second stone of the first end into the house to open the scoring with two points. Canada recovered from this and in the eighth end, with the score at 7-4 in his favour, their skip Brad Gushue hit out a Chinese stone to score two points and win the game by 9-4.
Sweden, sitting in joint second place along with Switzerland, who were not involved in this session, faced a Russian team still looking for their first win. In the second end their skip Niklas Edin drew his last stone into the house to score two points and take a 2-1 lead. In the eighth end, Edin played a hit to score one point and move his lead onto 9-5. Sweden went on to win by 10-5.
Norway were up against Japan and, in the seventh end of this game, with the score at 5-4 in his favour, Norway’s skip Steffen Walstad played a draw to score one point for a 6-4 lead. But, the game turned in the eighth end when, with the score at 6-4 against him, Japan’s skip Yusuke Morozumi hit out a Norwegian stone to score four points from the end and move into the lead, by 8-6. After this, Japan went on to win by 9-7.
Scotland played Netherlands in this session and, in the ninth end, Scottish skip David Murdoch drew inside some Dutch stones to score one point and win the game by 9-4, for what is his third win so far.
They said it
Yusuke Morozumi; skip, Japan (after 9-7 win over Norway): ”[In the seventh end] we still had a chance. We are now playing really good, so we just think about throwing each rock good.”
Brett Gallant; second, Canada (after 9-4 win over China): “I do and I think the team does as well [have the ice figured out], we are getting a little more comfortable everyday. The key is to bring the intensity for the first half of the game and see where it puts us. If we need to go all ten we’re ready to do it [in future games].”
David Murdoch; skip, Scotland (after 9-5 win over Netherlands): “We’ve just got to keep churning out some wins and try to drag ourselves up the table. All we know is – we’ve got to keep winning. Every team has played extremely well – that’s the standard of the tournament. We need to raise our game to another gear.”
Results after session ten: Japan 9-7 Norway; Canada 9-4 China; Scotland 9-5 Netherlands; Sweden 10-5 Russia
Standings after session ten:
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