Korea, Norway and Sweden lead the standings after third wins

  • Norway win their second game of the day to remain in joint first place Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Korea, Norway and Sweden were all winners in Sunday (1 April) afternoon’s fourth session of round-robin play in the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship, being staged in Las Vegas, United States, and this means they all remain in a three-way tie, unbeaten at the top of the table.

Korea beat United States by 7-5, while Norway were 8-4 winners over Japan and Olympic silver medallists Sweden beat Netherlands by 5-2. Scotland also won, by 6-4 over Italy, to also remain unbeaten, but they have played one game less so far.

The five teams that sat out this session were: Canada, China, Germany, Russia and Switzerland.

In the ninth end of the game between Korea and United States, Korea skip ChangMin Kim played a double raise, double take-out shot to score two points and move into a 6-5 lead, on the way to a 7-5 win.

Japan played Norway and in the fifth end, their fourth player Go Aoki played an angle raise take-out to score three points and level the score at 3-3. In the eighth end, Norway skip Steffen Walstad played a draw-shot to score two points and take a 7-4 lead and eventually won by 8-4.

Sweden scored two points in the first end of their game against Netherlands and controlled the game from then on, winning by 5-2.

In the fourth game of this session, Scotland played Italy. In the eighth end, with the score tied at 3-3, Scotland’s skip Bruce Mouat scored three points with a double angle raise take-out to take a 6-3 lead, a score that set the Scots up for a 6-4 win.

Behind the four unbeaten teams who won in this session, there is a three-way tie for fifth, with Canada, China and Russia all on one win and one loss. Four teams – Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Japan are all still looking for their first win.

They said it

Steffen Walstad; skip, Norway (after 8-4 win over Japan): “3 (wins) and 0 (losses), that’s what we hoped for. We’re trying to play a tiny bit more defensive than we usually do, just to try to save some energy for the end of the week. It’s about being more patient. We try to put pressure on teams early in the game but that means we run out of time and we burn a lot of energy, so we’re trying to keep our play simpler.”

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 5-2 win over Netherlands): “We got that deuce in the first end and then they didn’t really try hard to generate points and we didn’t need to, so we felt it simple and when we got the hammer back and one up, it felt really safe from there. We know this is a long week so, if we can find a few games here and there where we can play really well in the first half and then maybe put in cruise control without making silly mistakes, we can just save that little bit of energy that would help for the play-offs.”

Session four results: Korea 7-5 United States; Scotland 6-4 Italy; Netherlands 2-5 Sweden; Japan 4-8 Norway.

Standings after session four

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

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