Canada to meet Norway, while Russia face Spain in semi-finals

  • Canadian skip Michael Anderson reacts to his winning shot against Scotland © WCF / Jeffrey Au

The quarter-finals at the Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship found Canada, Norway, Russia and Spain advancing to the semi-finals tomorrow, Saturday 20 October at 10.00 PDT.

The Canadian hosts faced previously undefeated Scotland to kick off the evening session.

Canada opened with three consecutive stolen ends to take an early advantage over the Scots, 3-0. But the young-gun Scottish team didn’t give in and patiently worked their way back in the game.

With two points in the sixth end and an extra end inducing two points in the eighth end, the game was level 5-5. In the extra end, Canadian skip, Michael Anderson made a run-back take-out for the win, 8-5.

After the win, Anderson said, “What we’ve seen with the five-rock rule so far this week, it’s so easy to spin a deuce [when you’re behind] and you can’t afford to take your foot off the gas pedal, and sometimes that’s what happens.

That was the best stretch of four ends that we’ve played all week. They gave me a chance; it was one of those things where you just look at the broom and you know you’ve made it the moment you let it go. It’s a really good feeling.”

Norway, who finished at the top of group D and earned a direct spot into the quarters, faced Switzerland. The Norwegians, who at the fourth end break were up 3-1, lost their advantage when Switzerland scored three in the fifth to take the lead. In the eighth end, Switzerland attempted a soft weight take out to score, but flashed the stone, giving Norway the game winning point 6-4.

Norwegian skip, Ingvild Skaga, said, “I’m very, very happy. So happy we made it, it was a nerve-wracking last end. They made some really good shots, some good rolls making it hard for us. I think we played a really good last end and the rest of the game was pretty even.

The next game, it’s going to be a hard one, we will have to bring our A-game.”

Russia also finished at the top of their respective group B, and they faced Turkey. Russia took three points in the third end to grab the lead and didn’t look back. With a steal of four points in the sixth end, the Turkish squad shook hands, ending their play-off run with a final score of 11-2.

Daniil Goriachev, Russia’s second, said, “We tried to keep focus on this game and tried to keep our game plan, and we did. We had three big ends, I think they were from Turkey’s mistakes sometimes. The next game we will try to keep our focus, our team atmosphere and chemistry and I think we can go to the final.”

Spain, who won group C met Germany in the final game of the session. After a back and forth battle, Spain took advantage of the hammer in the last end, scoring three to win 6-4.

Sergio Vez, Spanish skip said after the game, “we still don’t believe it. It was a really close game and was really nice to play against team Germany. We played them two months ago and that was a really tight game.

"We knew we could have some chances at the end if we stayed close on the scoreboard, we made a key shot in the last end and they missed them so that was the key of the game. We’re really, really happy. It’s amazing for us to make the semi-finals, now we can dream for a medal, why not!? We’re really happy.”

The semi-final match-ups are Canada against Norway and Russia versus Spain at 10.00 PDT on Saturday 20 October, with the bronze and gold medal games at 15.00 PDT.

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