Hosts Canada join Sweden in the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s gold medal final

  • Canada reach the gold medal final © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Hosts Canada will face defending champions Sweden in Sunday’s gold medal final of the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 in Lethbridge, Canada, after they beat Switzerland by 6-5 in Saturday evening’s second semi-final.

Before that, Switzerland will play Japan for bronze medals, after Sweden beat Japan by 8-2 in the earlier semi-final.

After blanking the first end in this semi-final, Canada split the house early in the second end, leaving their skip Kevin Koe with a straightforward draw for two points to open the scoring in the game.

In the third end, Koe played a remarkable quadruple clear-out of Swiss stones, meaning that Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz had to settle for an open draw into the house to score just one point and reduce Canada’s lead to 2-1.

In the fifth end, Switzerland’s Schwarz once again had to settle for an open draw into the house to score just one point and level the score at 2-2.

In the sixth end, Canada’s Koe played another draw for one point to take the lead again at 3-2 and, after a blank seventh end, Switzerland’s Schwarz hit out a Canadian stone to score two points in the eighth end to take a 4-3 lead.

In the ninth end Canada re-took the lead when skip Koe had an open draw with his last stone to score two points for 5-4.

Then, in the tenth end, Switzerland’s Schwarz played a draw-shot into the house to score one point, level the game at 5-5, and force an extra end.

Canada had last stone advantage in the extra end, and their skip Koe was facing two Swiss stones as he came to play his last. He was able to knock one of them out, score one point, and win by 6-5, to set up a gold medal showdown with Sweden.

Afterwards, Koe said, “Obviously, the last shot was outstanding. It was a tight game back and forth, we got all we could hope for, tied it up with the extra, and we just made it. It’s a dream come true to have this event here, the crowd’s been unbelievable and we’re happy to win for them. It’s so much fun, we’re just riding the momentum, and hopefully we’ve got one more in us. “

Looking forward to the final he added, “I can’t wait now, Sweden are one of the best teams in the world, they’re looking really solid. We’re looking forward to the challenge - if we’re going to win this, we’re going to have to earn it, and we wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Result: Switzerland 5-6 Canada

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