Russia record first Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s win in Monday morning’s sixth session

  • Russia skip, Sergey Glukhov © WCF / Jeffrey Au

Russia beat Korea by 6-4 after an extra end in Monday morning’s sixth round-robin session of the Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship 2019 in Lethbridge, Canada to record their first win of the event so far.

There were only three games in this session and in the other two, Japan beat Netherlands by 9-7 in another game that went to an extra end while, by contrast, defending champions Sweden had a six-end 8-2 victory over Germany.

These results mean that Japan and Sweden now re-join Canada – who sat out this session – at the top of the rankings, undefeated on four wins, while Russia lift themselves off the foot of the table above China, Norway and Korea, who all still seek their first wins.

The game between Russia and Korea featured four blank ends. Korea took the upper hand with a score of two points in the eighth end and a steal of one point in the ninth end for a 4-2 lead.

However, In the tenth end, Russia’s skip Sergey Glukhov played a draw-shot to score two points to level the game at 4-4 and force an extra end. The Russians then went on to grab this lifeline when Korea’s skip SooHyuk Kim was heavy with his final draw attempt to get inside two Russian stones already in the house, giving Russia the win by 6-4.

Afterwards, Glukhov said, “That was a really important game for us, because we were on three losses and just needed a win. Now we need to win and win. We have no chance to qualify if we don’t.”

In the fourth end of the game between Germany and Sweden, Germany’s skip Marc Muskatewitz played a hit and roll to score one point and reduce Sweden’s lead to 4-2.

However, in the sixth end, Sweden’s skip, three-times world champion Niklas Edin, drew his second stone into the house to score four points and take an 8-2 lead. Germany then conceded defeat.

After the game it was clear that Edin was happy to be off the ice early. He said, “This is a really long event. Last year it was exhausting, physically and mentally draining. In ten end games even if you get the win it’s still mentally draining. So far this year we’ve had games where we’ve started well in the first half and then let a couple of ends slip away. But this was a nice game for us and when we got the four it was obvious handshakes, so it felt good to get a quick one and get some rest now.”

In the third game of this session, Japan faced Netherlands. In the second end, the Dutch fourth player Wouter Goesgens played a hit on a Japan stone to score three points and take a 3-2 lead.

In the fourth end, Japan’s skip Yuta Matsumura played a hit and roll tap-back with his second stone to score one point to reduce Netherlands’ lead to 4-3. This game went to an extra end and, at 7-7 in the eleventh end, Japan’s Matsumura hit out a Dutch stone to score two points and win by 9-7.

Speaking after this fourth win for his team, Japan coach Bob Ursel said, “It’s a tough field here and to go 4-0, we’re really happy. We were struggling in the early ends so the steal of two in the fifth end was a big turning point for us. We’ve been talking about the eighth, ninth and tenth ends quite a bit, about trying to keep control in the late end, and I was happy with what we did.”

Results: Korea 4-6 Russia; Netherlands 7-9 Japan; Germany 2-8 Sweden.

Current Standings(W-L):

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

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