Canada and United States join Junior hosts in play-offs

  • Canada's Sterling Middleton © WCF / Emile Gareev

Canada beat Russia by 7-5 while United States had an 8-3 win over Switzerland in Thursday morning’s second-last men’s round-robin session at the World Junior Curling Championships 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

These wins mean that they both join unbeaten Scotland in the semi-final line-up.

Scotland, already qualified, maintained their unbeaten run with a 6-1 victory over China. The other winners in this session were Norway, by 9-5 over Korea and Germany, who beat Sweden by 8-7 after an extra end.

With three of the four semi-final places now taken up by table-toppers Scotland, on eight wins and no losses and Canada and United States, each on six wins and two losses, the focus now falls on which team will join them. Germany, Norway and Switzerland share fourth place on four wins and four losses and each will be hoping that a win in their final round-robin game will be enough to join the semi-final line-up.

At the foot of the table, Sweden sit in seventh place on three wins. With China, Korea and Russia sitting further down the table, seventh place is the crucial last direct qualification slot for next year’s championships in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, meaning that for virtually every team there is all to play for in the final round-robin session.

Next live men’s game on World Curling TV: Scotland v Sweden on Thursday 8 March at 19:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)

They said it

Tyler Tardi; skip, Canada (after 7-5 win over Russia): “It feels pretty good to qualify after last year, that was disappointing to say the least. We fought to get back here and are really proud that we were able to come back and make the play-offs. Russia are a really good team, they’re all good guys, good throwers so I’m a little surprised by their record. We need to stay steady. We’ve got one more game left and it’s a big one. It’ll determine whether or not we get hammer in the first game, so we’ll stay focused to go into the play-offs and hopefully we’ll win.”

Magnus Ramsfjell: skip, Norway (after 9-5 win over Korea): “We’re still in it - sort of. We’ve had some good games recently and we’ll just keep the same mindset. I think that’s the recipe for success – just play like we used to with maybe more focus on the shots, but nothing special. I think we need some real help from other teams if we are to make it through, but first things first for us, beat United States, that’s the most important thing.”

Graem Fenson; lead, United States (after 8-3 win over Switzerland): “Qualifying is always the first goal, but now we’re looking at the championship and hoping to keep the momentum going into the play-offs and maybe win this thing. You get into tight moments in curling, and there’s always big pressure shots. Being in that circumstance before is certainly helping us this week. We’re happy to be qualified for the play-offs, but we’re definitely trying to get second place. Hammer is a huge factor in curling, so if we could start out that semi-final game with hammer that would be great.”

Men’s session eight results: China 1-6 Scotland; Russia 5-7 Canada; United States 8-3 Switzerland; Sweden 7-8 Germany; Norway 9-5 Korea

Standings after men’s session eight (win-loss):

Q Scotland 8-0
Q Canada 6-2
Q United States 6-2
Germany 4-4
Norway 4-4
Switzerland 4-4
Sweden 3-5
China 2-6
Korea 2-6
Russia 1-7

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