Canada win to set up World Men’s rematch with Sweden

  • Team Canada celebrate their semi-final win © WCF / Steve Seixeiro

Scotland faced Canada in Saturday (7 April) evening’s second semi-final of the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, with the winner earning the right to face Olympic silver medallists Sweden, in Sunday (8 April) afternoon’s gold medal game.

Sweden were the winners of the earlier semi-final over Korea, by 9-8. The gold medal final will be at 17:00 with the bronze medal game – between Scotland and Korea – at 12:00. Both games are live on national broadcasters and World Curling TV and times are Pacific Standard Time.

In the first end, Scotland’s skip Bruce Mouat opened with a draw for two points and the early lead.

In the fourth end, with Canada leading by 3-2, Mouat played a double take out to score two points and take a 4-3 lead. In the fifth end Canada’s skip, defending world champion Brad Gushue, played a draw for one point to level the score-line at 4-4.

Then, in the seventh end, Gushue hit out a Scottish stone to score three points and take the lead once again, this time with a 7-5 advantage. After this, a hit in the eighth end by Scotland’s skip Mouat went wrong, to give Canada a steal of one point and an 8-5 lead.

Then a further single steal in the ninth end was enough to seal the 9-5 victory for Canada that sets up an exact repeat of last year’s gold medal final between Canada’s Gushue and Sweden skip Niklas Edin on Sunday afternoon. Before that, Scotland will play Korea for bronze medals.

They said it

Brad Gushue; skip, Canada (after 9-5 semi-final win over Scotland): “I feel great. I thought it was a great game. I thought we handled the ice as well as we could. We made some big shots and a good win.

“Niklas and his team are a great team, they're one of the best in the world and they have hammer starting out. So, really for the first five ends I think it's going to be about trying to wrestle the hammer back. I certainly expect a tight game and for it to come down to the last rock.”

Bruce Mouat; skip, Scotland (after 5-9 semi-final loss to Canada): “We got off to a good start and then just missed a few shots from myself. The guys played pretty well to put us in some good spots. They’re a class team and that showed today. I’m disappointed, obviously we’re still on track for medals but we’ve played well all week and I think we deserved a shot at the title. We’ll probably have a few difficult moments tonight when we’re having conversations but we’ll just try as hard as we can to come back fighting tomorrow.”

Semi-final two result: Canada 9-5 Scotland

Standings after semi-finals

SF-W Sweden 12-1
SF-W Canada 10-3
SF-L Scotland 11-2
SF-L Korea 8-6
Norway 7-6
United States 6-7
Switzerland 6-6
Russia 5-7
Italy 5-7
Netherlands 4-8
Japan 3-9
China 3-9
Germany 1-11

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