Gangneung, Republic of Korea
Thursday 9 March 2017
In session 11 (9 March) wins were achieved by China, Scotland, Norway, and Korea to remain at the top of the standings on the final day of round-robin play.
China, the dark horse of the championship dominated the second half of their match against USA to end the American’s play-off hopes with a steal of three in the eighth end. The Chinese, who had one win and three losses after five sessions, have scraped their way into a possible play-off position.
In the morning match-up, USA lead 5-0 after three ends when China rallied for two points in the fourth end, and held on for three stolen single points in a row to even the match. In the eighth end, USA controlled their own destiny having the hammer. On the final stone, USA came up light on a draw to the eight-foot, handing the win to China 8-5.
The Scots have something to smile about as they finished their final round-robin game with a win over Germany to lock themselves in the 1v2 page-play-off after three straight wins. In a back and forth trading of single points through five ends of play, Scotland put a stand-out four points on the board in the sixth end to give them a four point advantage. Forcing Germany to a single point in the seventh end, sealed the win 6-3 for Scotland.
The fifth end told the tale of the game for the Canadians when they gave up a steal of four points to go down six points against Norway. The Canadians were unable to rebound and ended the match 9-2 after six ends.
Korea put on a show for their fans with a game ending double take-out through a port for two points. The hosts opened with four points in the first end and rode that momentum stealing one point in each the second, third and fourth end to grab an early 7-0 lead. Finland shook hands after the sixth end 9-1.
The last session of round-robin play (session twelve) will finalise possible tie-breaker scenarios, confirm play-off qualifiers and determine final standings.
Jostein Stordahl; Norway skip (after 9-2 win over Canada): “This game was a new line-up and we had to win this game to stay alive. We had a good start, we kept playing good and we got paid very well. We had some up and downs [throughout the week] but we know we can play better. But in the end we are lucky to be top 6 – anything can happen.”
Jim Armstrong; Canada skip (after 2-9 loss to Norway): “We had our opportunities early. It was kind of us passing up our opportunities to them, them passing them back to us. We were just in trouble on the wrong sides in the middle ends. When you’re behind on this ice, it’s tough to come back. You know, that’s the way it goes.”
Results session eleven: USA 5-8 China; Germany 3-6 Scotland; Canada 2-9 Norway; Korea 9-1 Finland.
Standings after session eleven(W-L):
Russia 8-0 (Qualified for the the play-offs)
Scotland 6-3 (Qualified for the play-offs)
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