Japan, Switzerland and Sweden in three-way tie for second place at Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s

  • Sweden’s Niklas Edin © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Defending champions Sweden beat Switzerland by 9-4 while Japan had a 6-4 win over Germany in Monday evening’s 11th round-robin session of the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 in Lethbridge, Canada.

These wins keep both Japan and Sweden in second place behind unbeaten leaders Canada on the table, who sat out this session, along with Switzerland, whose loss to Sweden was their first reversal so far.

Other winners in this session were Scotland, who beat Korea by 7-3, and Italy, who beat Russia by 5-3.

In the third end of their game with Sweden, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz played a precision draw to the button to get inside four Swedish stones already counting in the house, scoring one point to take a 2-1 lead.

In the sixth end of this game, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin played a hit and roll and tap-back to score three points and move his team onto a 7-3 lead.

Sweden then went on to win by 9-4 and afterwards, Edin said, “Especially after our loss this morning [to Scotland], we said we are going to have to step it up and get it going. At the beginning of the game there were chances for both teams, but you’ve got to make all the shots against these guys. I think we got the best of it in this game and that’s a really important win, for sure.”

In the second end of the game between Germany and Japan, Germany’s skip Marc Muskatewitz played a hit on a Japan stone to score two points and level the game at 2-2.

Then, in the seventh end, Japan’s skip Yuta Matsumura played a hit on a German stone to score two points and take a 6-3 lead, on the way to a 6-4 win.

After his team’s sixth win, Japan skip Yuta Matsumura said, “We just had a solid game today. Our first goal is to get to the play-offs, and it’s close now. It’s all been fantastic here, a nice crowd and the ice is great. Also, the team is playing well.”

Italy faced Russia in this session and in the fourth end of this game, Italy’s skip Joel Retornaz drew his last stone into position to score two points for a 3-2 lead.

Later, in the tenth end, Retornaz hit out a Russian stone to score two more points and take the win, by 5-3. This fourth win by Italy puts them into joint fifth place overall, handily placed among the six teams who will qualify for the play-off games.

In the fourth game of this session, Scotland played Korea, who were still looking for their first win.

Scotland took a 5-2 lead into the half-time break, then in the eighth end, Scotland skip Bruce Mouat played a draw into the house to score two points and win the game by 7-3 when Korea conceded.

After this session, undefeated Canada still top the table with Japan, Switzerland and Sweden sharing second place. Italy and United States currently share fifth, with the eventual top six teams moving onto the weekend’s play-offs.

Results: Italy 5-3 Russia; Sweden 9-4 Switzerland; Japan 6-4 Germany; Korea 3-7 Scotland.

Current Standings(W-L):

Canada 6-0
Japan 6-1
Switzerland 6-1
Sweden 6-1
Italy 4-2
United States 4-2
Scotland 3-3
Netherlands 2-4
Russia 2-5
China 1-5
Norway 1-5
Germany 1-6
Korea 0-7

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