Russia win six in a row to remain undefeated

  • Russia make it six wins out of six Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Defending two-time world champions Russia added another victory to their impressive run this week at the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2017 being held in Gangneung Curling Centre, in Gangneung, Republic of Korea.

Russia faced hosts Korea in today’s (Tuesday 7 March) morning session of play. Korea opened the scoring with two points. Russia responded with a score of three points when skip Andrey Smirnov, already sitting two shot stones was left with an open draw with his final stone.

Russia stole a single point in the third end before Korea blanked the fourth end to give Russia a 4-2 lead at the break.

In the fifth end Smirnov with his last stone played a take-out to sit three shot stones. Korea skip, Soon Seok Seo was forced to attempt a difficult double take-out to score a single point, but his stone rolled too far giving Russia a steal of two points and a firm hold on the game.

Russia scored a further two points in the seventh end to claim an 8-3 victory and progress to a record of six wins and zero losses.

Germany faced off against a struggling USA side with both teams looking to win their second game of the week. This meeting of the teams saw Germany claim a 7-2 victory.

With the score at 3-2 after five ends in Germany’s favour, they extended their lead by scoring three points in the sixth end and followed that with a single point steal in the seventh end for the win.

In the session’s final game China defeated Canada, skipped today by Mark Ideson with regular skip Jim Armstrong sitting out, by a score of 6-2. China opened the scoring with steals of two points in the first end and a single point in the second end giving them a lead they held onto for the remainder of the game.

They said it

Andrey Smirnov; Russia skip (after 8-3 win over Korea): "From game to game we’re playing better and better. We have a better feel of the ice of each other and from game to game we’re improving. We have that taste of victory and we like it. Old victories don’t count for anything, so to have that feeling again and again we have to concentrate in every game."

Christiane Putzich; Germany skip (after 7-2 win over USA): "It was a great team effort. We had a lot of fun on the ice, and we could really show what we are capable of. We are finally getting in there, the team is now on focus and this game certainly showed that, and now we are really in the game."

Results session seven: Russia 8-3 Korea; Germany 7-2 USA; China 6-2 Canada.

Standings after session seven(W-L):

Russia 6-0
Canada 3-2
Norway 3-2
Scotland 3-2
China 3-3
Finland 2-3
Germany 2-3
Korea 2-3
Switzerland 1-4
USA 1-4

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