Turkey men record first win; Canada and Switzerland remain unbeaten

  • Turkey Junior men record their first win at this level Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Turkey's men's team recorded their first win at this level when they beat Russia by 8-7 in Monday morning's second session of men's round-robin play. Meanwhile Canada and Switzerland also won in this session to become the only two unbeaten teams in the event.

Turkey had built up a 5-1 halfway lead in their game against Russia, and stretched that to 8-3 with a score of three points in the seventh end. Russia then responded strongly, scoring in the eighth, ninth and tenth ends, but it was not enough, as Turkey eventually held on to win by 8-7.

Norway had the most straightforward win in this session, beating Korea by 10-2 in just seven ends, finishing off with a score of three in the seventh end.

By contrast, the game between Scotland and USA went all the way to an extra end before USA skip Kory Dropkin drew his last stone into the house to score the one point needed for a 7-6 win.

In the game between Denmark and Switzerland, it was the Danes who started stronger, leading by 2-0 after four ends. But the Swiss then scored two points in the fifth end and stole three points in the sixth for a 5-2 lead, and never looked back, emerging as 6-4 winners.

Sweden and Canada produced a tight game, with never more than one point between the teams throughout. Sweden stole one point in the opening end to take the early advantage, but Canada eventually carved out a 4-3 lead with a score of two points in the eighth end. After Sweden had levelled at 4-4 in the ninth end, Canada's skip Matt Dunstone picked out a Swedish stone to score the one point needed for a 5-4 win.

They Said It:

Fatih Agduman (coach, Turkey) after 8-7 win over Russia: "It was a stressful game because we were leading by 5, then we made things hard for ourselves! But we are happy that we won and I hope that this will not be a first and last win!"

Kory Dropkin (skip USA) after 7-6 extra end win over Scotland: "That was about staying positive. We started off just a little bit off, especially in the first game, but now it's just about getting used to the ice and getting in the groove. I think from here on we should be getting better."

RESULTS - Junior men session 2:

Norway 10 - 2 Korea; Turkey 8 - 7 Russia; Denmark 4 - 6 Switzerland; Sweden 4 - 5 Canada; Scotland 6 - 7 USA (extra end).

STANDINGS - Junior men after 2 sessions (W-L):

Canada (2-0)
Switzerland (2-0)
Norway (1-1)
Russia (1-1)
Scotland (1-1)
Sweden (1-1)
Turkey (1-1)
USA (1-1)
Denmark (0-2)
Korea (0-2)