Russia first to qualify for play-offs

  • Russia secure the first play-off place Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Defending champions Russia continue to slide through round-robin play untouched posting a 9-6 victory over Germany in session nine (8 March) while Canada, China and Scotland move up the standings with wins to each improve their records to four wins and three losses.

In their seventh straight win, Russia took down the Germans who were hot off two back-to-back wins. Up 5-4 in the fifth end, Russia forced Germany to a game changing pressure draw against two where Germany’s final stone sailed through the house giving Russia a 7-4 advantage. From there, Russia added another steal in sixth end and defended their lead for the remainder of the match to post a 9-6 win.

Canada recovered from two losses with a battle against Finland. Canada put four points on the board in the second end, leading to a 5-2 spread at the fourth end. Finland put pressure on the Canadians, scoring a single point in the fifth end, and stealing four consecutive points to take a 6-5 lead. Canada with the hammer in the eighth end made a short angle raise take-out to leave Finland facing a cluster of Canadian stones. Finland wrecked on a guard with their final stone, giving Canada their fourth win 8-6.

China stole their way back to beat the Norwegians 6-4. Level 4-4 in the eighth end, China tapped back Norway’s shot stone to remain sitting two points in the four-foot under cover. Norway attempted to follow the same path down to tap out the shot stone but failed to keep their shooter in the four-foot.
In the fourth round-robin match-up Scotland pulled out a 7-3 defeat over Switzerland. Scotland lead the Swiss 7-1 after five ends of play and finished off their fourth win 7-3.

They said it

Jim Armstrong; Canada skip (after 8-6 over Finland): “Yesterday was one of those days you don’t want to dwell on too hard. It’s nice to come back today.

"We’ve been struggling. It’s a new team. We’ve tried a couple of different line-ups, trying to learn a little bit going into next year. So that leaves us with a little bit more challenge this year. Were in a situation where we can control it ourselves. In any competition, if you are able to say that, then you’re in good shape."

Aileen Neilson; Scotland skip (after 7-3 over Switzerland): "I think that after every loss like that you just have to clean the slate and start again and I think we really did that and we've come out fighting this morning. Again, it's just one game at a time. We just need to go out and perform and hopefully put another win on the board this afternoon.

Results session nine: Finland 6-8 Canada; Norway 4-6 China; Scotland 7-3 Switzerland; Russia 9-6 Germany.

Standings after session nine(W-L):

Russia 7-0 (Qualified for the the play-offs)
Canada 4-3
China 4-3
Scotland 4-3
Korea 3-3
Germany 3-4
Norway 3-4
USA 2-4
Finland 2-5
Switzerland 2-5

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