Hosts Canada match Japan and Russia with two wins from two

  • Chelsea Carey delivers a stone during her team's win over Switzerland Photo: Mike Burns

There were only two games in Sunday morning's third session of round-robin play, with host Canada facing Switzerland and Denmark facing USA.

In the Canada-Switzerland game, it was the Swiss who opened the scoring taking one point from the first end. After this, Canada blanked the next two ends before getting onto the scoreboard with a score of two in the fourth end for a 2-1 lead. The fifth end was blanked as well and then Switzerland levelled the score at 2-2 with a single point in the sixth end.

Canada skip Chelsea Carey came up short with her final draw in the seventh end and this gave Switzerland a steal of two points and a 4-2 lead. Canada then scored one point in the eighth end, and stole three more points in the ninth when Switzerland's skip Binia Feltscher had a complete miss with her last stone.

In the tenth end, Feltscher was attempting to score two points to force an extra end but her last stone rolled on after hitting a Canadian stone in the house to give Canada another single-point steal and a 7-4 win. This victory means that Canada join Japan and China at the top of the table, with two wins and no losses.

Denmark faced USA with both teams looking for their first win. Although USA had last stone advantage, it was the Danes who opened the scoring with a steal of one in the second end. USA then took the lead with a score of two points in the fourth end, after which Denmark scored one more to put the teams into the half-way break level at 2-2. The Danes took a 7-5 lead, scoring three in the ninth end, but USA then scored two points in the tenth to force an extra end at 7-7.

It was Denmark who emerged victorious from the extra end, with skip Lene Nielsen hitting a double take-out for the one point that gave them their 8-7 win.

They Said It

Lene Nielsen; Denmark skip (after 8-7 win over USA): “That was very stressful – a weird game backwards and forwards, with lots of mistakes, and a difficult shot for the win. If we want to win more, we need to pick it up a bit. We just have to have the courage to do on the ice what we agreed to do beforehand.

Chelsea Carey; Canada skip (after 7-4 win over Switzerland): “We thought we played pretty well. We know no matter which Swiss team is here, it was going to tough, they're all so good. Even when we're struggling, we're doing a good job of staying calm and staying together, grinding it out, and that's where you need to be in such a long week.”

RESULTS, Session 3

Denmark 8-7 USA; Canada 7-4 Switzerland

STANDINGS after Session 3 (W-L)

Canada 2-0
Japan 2-0
Russia 2-0
Germany 1-0
Sweden 1-0
Denmark 1-1
Switzerland 1-1
Scotland 0-1
Korea 0-1
Finland 0-2
Italy 0-2
USA 0-2

 WWCC 2016 session three results standings
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