USA women and Scotland men qualify for Gold Medal games

  • USA junior women defeat Canada and progress to the Gold Medal game Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Scotland's men and USA's women won their Page 1v2 Play-off games to take the direct route to the finals.

USA's women beat previously unbeaten Canada by 8-7, despite giving up a score of three in the third end. In the eighth, USA skip Cory Christensen played a clear-out of Canadian stones to score two and level the game at 6-6, and then in the tenth, her final take-out got round a guard to give her the two points needed for victory.

In the other women's game, Hungary beat Korea by 12-11 to move onto the sole semi-final against Canada, with the winner of that game facing USA for gold on Sunday morning and the loser playing Korea for bronze at the same time.

This was Hungary's second game of the day. Earlier they defeated Sweden by 10-4 in a tie-breaker for the right to be in the Page 3v4 game.

In the men's Page 1v2 Play-off between USA and Scotland, there was never more than one point between the teams till the last end.

The teams swapped single-point scored for the first five ends, to give USA a 3-2 lead at the half-time break. After this, Scotland blanked the sixth end and took the lead for the first time in the game when they scored two in the seventh end for 4-3.

USA countered with two points of their own in the ninth to re-take the lead at 5-4 but in the tenth, USA skip Korey Dropkin left his final draw lying open and Scotland's skip Bruce Mouat was able to hit and stay on that to score the three points that gave his team a 6-4 win and the direct route to the final.

In the men's Page 3v4 Play-off, Switzerland beat Canada by 6-4, helped by a score of three in the seventh end. These results mean that USA and Switzerland will face each other in the semi-final with the winner then playing Scotland for the title on Sunday afternoon, and the loser facing Canada for bronze medals.

They Said It:

Bruce Mouat (skip, Scotland) after 7-5 win over USA: "My guys played unbelievable curling and they (USA) were awesome too. We were so pumped in the hotel room and we really wanted it. Three of us age out and we've really wanted this all season. One more game now."

Yannick Schwaller (skip, Switzerland) after 6-4 win over Canada: "That means a lot for us because they are one of the best teams in the world. We were focused and we really want to get to the final. This is like two years ago in Flims when we won, and we want to do the same again."

Cory Christensen (skip, USA) after 8-7 win over Canada: "I'm still shaking and I'm so excited. It was just an awesome game and we gave them a three in the third end! I think it'll be Canada again in the final and we'll be ready for them."

Doroyttya Palansca (skip, Hungary) after 12-11 win over Korea: "We just can't believe it, so we're really happy now. I don't think we'll change our strategy, we like draws and that's how we will play in the next game."

RESULTS:

Junior Women Play-off Tie-breaker:

Hungary 10 - 4 Sweden

Junior Women Page Play-offs:

1v2 Game: USA 8 - 7 Canada
3v4 Game: Hungary 12 - 11 Korea

Junior Men Page Play-offs:

1v2 Game: Scotland 7 - 5 USA
3v4 Game: Canada 4 - 6 Switzerland

STANDINGS

Junior women:

USA - Qualified for Gold Medal game
Canada - Playing in Semi-final
Hungary - Playing in Semi-final
Korea - Qualified for Bronze Medal game
5. Sweden
6. Switzerland
7. Turkey - Playing in relegation tie-breaker
7. Russia - Playing in relegation tie-breaker
9. Scotland - Relegated to World Junior-B Championships
10. Japan - Relegated to World Junior-B Championships

Junior men:

Scotland - Qualified for Gold Medal game
USA - Playing in Semi-final
Switzerland - Playing in Semi-final
Canada - Qualified for Bronze Medal game
5. Norway
6. Sweden
7. Russia - Relegated to World Junior-B Championships
8. Denmark - Relegated to World Junior-B Championships
9. Turkey - Relegated to World Junior-B Championships
10. Korea