Korea and Norway win to move to the top of the rankings

  • Korea move into joint first place with their second win Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Wins for Norway and Korea in Sunday (1 April) morning’s third session of round-robin play at the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, mean that these two teams join Sweden – who sat out the session – at the top of the rankings, on two wins and no losses.

Norway beat Germany by 8-2 while Korea had a 9-2 win over Japan. The other winners in this session were Netherlands, who beat United States by 6-4, and Russia, who had a 7-6 extra end win over China. The teams who joined Sweden in sitting out the session were Canada, Italy, Scotland, and Switzerland.

In the seventh end of the game between Norway and Germany, and with Norway already leading by 7-2, their skip Steffen Walstad drew his last stone into the house to add one more point and move his team’s lead on to 8-2. Germany then conceded the game.

In the game between Korea and Japan, Korea’s skip ChangMin Kim drew his second stone of the fourth end into the house to score three points and take the lead, at 4-1, and in the sixth end, Kim added another three points on the way to a 9-2 win.

Netherlands were still looking for their first win as they faced United States and in the first end, Dutch skip Jaap Van Dorp hit out an American stone to open the scoring with two points. United States held a 4-3 lead at the break but a single point score and two single point steals in the last three ends were enough to give the Dutch their first victory so far, by 6-4.

Like Netherlands, Russia were still looking for their first win and their game against China came down to an extra end. When Russia’s skip Alexey Timofeev played a draw with the final stone of that end, he scored one point to take the win, by 7-6.

They said it

Alexey Timofeev; skip, Russia (after 7-6 extra end win over China): “It was a tough game. The coach asked every time to manage the scoreboard and keep it close. We knew this would be a ten end or extra end game. [For the final draw] I didn't feel my body I just played the draw automatically.”

ChangMin Kim; skip, Korea (after 9-2 win over Japan): “It feels so great to win, because this is my first time at the World Championship. It’s so far, so good. I’ve never been to Las Vegas, it’s a great city and we are enjoying our time here and also, we’re enjoying the ice.
Jaap Van Dorp; skip, the Netherlands (after 6-4 win over United States): “That feels pretty good. It was a bit of a tight game. Definitely the second half was a little bit of a squeeze, but we pulled out the right shots at the right time and it’s great to get the win. We’ll take a look at how the different lines went and how the ice changed during the game – it
changed quite a bit during the game and take that onto the next game. We played a pretty good first game, so we just need to keep going up.”

Session three results: Russia 7-6 China; Norway 8-2 Germany; Japan 2-9 Korea; United States 4-6 Netherlands.

Standings after session three

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

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