China upset first place leader, Sweden capture third win

  • China during their game against Korea Photo: © WCF / Richard Gray

In the biggest upset of the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017 so far, China men won their second game over the previously unbeaten Korea with a score of 8-6. Up until this loss, Korea had won seven games in a row.

With three steals throughout the game, China put the first points on the board in the first two ends of the game against Korea. The teams went into the half-time break tied 2-2. China took two points in the sixth end and took a further single steal in the seventh end for a 5-2 lead.

Korea responded with four points from a busy house, in the eighth end to take the lead for the first time at 6-5. But it was China with two points in the ninth end and one last steal in the tenth, who won the game, 8-6.

In the game between seventh-place Sweden and second-place USA, the lead changed hands four times in what was a close game. Sweden took three points in the second end, while the USA took two in the third and stole a point in the fourth. In the fifth end, Sweden took one point for a 4-4 tie and then during the half-time break, alternate Anton Degerfeldt came onto the ice for a sick second player, Emil Hermansson. The game was tied at 8-8 after ten ends and with a triple take-out followed by a delicate draw, Swedish skip Johan Nygren scored the one point needed for a 9-8 win.

In their game against Canada, Turkey scored three points in the fourth end for a 3-1 lead. Canada responded in the fifth, with two points, and with a single point in the seventh end to level the game at 4-4. However, the Turks managed to level the game again at 5-5 after ten ends to force an extra end. In that eleventh end that Canadian skip Tyler Tardi executed two final take-outs, giving the Canadians a 7-5 win.

Norway led the way from the start against Italy, with two points in the first end. They secured a further lead with four points in the third end, which moved them onto a 6-1 lead. After the half-time break, Italy took a single point, but it was not enough to surpass Norway’s lead. Norway took the game in eight ends, with a 10-4 score.

They said it

Johan Nygren; skip, Sweden (after 9-8 extra end win over USA): “We played a really good team today and it felt amazing to make some shots. We had to substitute our second at the half-time break because he felt sick and couldn’t sweep properly. That was a big change for us so it felt amazing that we could pull through. We took a time-out after the second to last stone so that I could calm down and not feel any stress – I was a bit up in the air after I made the triple. I had to calm down to make that finesse draw.”

Tyler Tardi: skip, Canada (after 7-5 extra end win over Turkey): “You would have never guessed that those guys were 0-6 right now, they were playing really good considering their record – hat’s off to them. This is beyond stressful. They were really trying hard to win that game. They were playing unreal, so huge credit to them. I feel a mixture of every emotion. I’m a little stressed, a little relieved, but happy. I’m just trying to lower my heart-rate right now.”

Magnus Ramsfjell; skip, Norway (after 10-4 win over Italy): “We got the good feeling back and had some good shots and felt confident. I think it’s still in our hands if we just win, we get to the play-offs and that’s our goal.”

Zhi Yu Wang; skip, China (after 8-6 win over Korea): “We had just three games left and we hope to cherish each one. In this game we had very good emotions and patience, and we learned more about the rink and the ice. We grasped the key shots.”

Results men’s session ten: Korea 6-8 China; Turkey 5-7 Canada; Italy 4-10 Norway; Sweden 9-8 USA

Standings after men’s session ten (W-L):

Q Korea 7-1
Canada 6-2
Norway 5-3
USA 5-3
Scotland 4-3
Switzerland 4-3
Sweden 3-5
China 2-5
Italy 2-6
Turkey 0-7

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