Canada and Norway return to winning ways

  • Canada pick up their second win Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Canada bounced back from their defeat in Sunday's (5 March) morning session with a victory over a USA side still looking for their first win of the week.

In the opening end facing a USA shot stone, Canada skip, Jim Armstrong’s attempted take-out clipped his own guard and giving up a steal of one point. Canada responded immediately to their opening end setback. In the second end, when already sitting two shot stones, Armstrong was left with an open draw to score three points.

USA were held to a single point in the third end and in the fourth end Canada were once again left with an open draw for a score of three points. However, Armstrong was heavy with his final stone, scoring only two points to take a 5-2 lead into the break.

In the sixth end, with USA sitting shot stone, Armstrong played a delicate double tap to the four foot, scoring a single point to extend their lead. USA scored a single point in the seventh end and but were eventually run out of stones in the eighth end giving Canada the 6-4 victory.

In the second game of the session Norway faced hosts Korea with both teams searching for their second win.

After trading single points in the opening two ends, Norway stole back-to-back single points to lead Korea 3-1 at the fourth end break. Norway extended their lead in the sixth end with a score of two points when skip Rune Lorentsen drew to the four foot with his final stone.

Korea responded in the seventh end when their skip, Soon Seok Soo, played a hit and roll on the lone Norway stone in the house to score three points and level the game going into the eighth end.

In that eighth end and facing a Korea shot stone, Norway skip Lorentsen managed to draw his final stone around the guards to the button for the single point and record their second win of the week.

In the session’s final game Germany faced a China side looking to get their first win on the board.

With the scores tied at 3-3 after six ends, China broke the deadlock in the seventh end when skip Haitao Wang’s take-out of the German shot stone gave them a score of two points. Germany were unable to secure the two points needed to level the scores in the eighth end, giving China a 5-4 victory.

They said it

Jim Armstrong; Canada skip (after 6-4 over USA): “The ice is really, really tremendous but it’s difficult to play from behind. We had the lead and we managed to keep it pretty much the rest of the way. These conditions are the best I can recall for the past five years. As long as you believe you’re going to be fine out there. Last year was an aberration, I’ve never experienced it. So, we are back on track this year and hopefully we will keep it rolling.”

Rune Lorentsen; Norway skip (after 6-5 over Korea): “We had good control all of the way, but we gave up a three in the seventh so it could have went both ways because they made a lot of guards. When I had my last rock, it felt good, so it should be possible [to make]. We played against Russia last night and we also played a very good game – so we feel confident.”

Results session four: Norway 6-5 Korea; USA 4-6 Canada; Germany 4-5 China.

Standings after session four (W-L):

Russia 3-0
Canada 2-1
Finland 2-1
Norway 2-1
Scotland 2-1
China 1-2
Germany 1-2
Korea 1-2
Switzerland 1-2
USA 0-3

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