Significant wins for United States and Switzerland men in Aberdeen

  • United States - Ben Richardson © WCF / Emile Gareev

As the men’s competition unfolds at the World Junior Curling Championships 2018 – in Aberdeen, Scotland – both United States and Switzerland boosted their play-off hopes with wins in Tuesday morning’s fifth round-robin session.

United States moved into a clear second place, behind unbeaten Scotland with a 7-5 win over Sweden, opening with a score of three points in the first end to set their win up, while Switzerland beat Germany by 9-3, finishing the game with a score of three points in the eighth end.

Other winners in this session included table-toppers Scotland, who controlled the end of their game against Korea by blanking the ninth end and then going on to score two points in the tenth end for a 7-5 win.

Norway also won, beating Russia by 7-5. Their break-through came in the ninth end when they scored three points for a 7-5 lead before running Russia out of stones in the tenth end. China handed Canada their second loss so far, winning by 7-5 to keep their own play-off hopes alive. China led by 3-1 at the break and despite Canada responding with a score of three points in the sixth end to take a 4-3 lead, a single point steal by China in the eighth end proved crucial to their win.

These results mean that Scotland top the table on five wins and no losses, with United Sates right behind them on four wins and one loss. Canada and Switzerland share third place on won three, lost two records. Four teams – China, Germany, Norway and Sweden – share fifth place on two wins, while Korea and Russia are tied in ninth, with just one win each.

Next live men’s game on World Curling TV: United States v Scotland at 19:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)

They said it

Marcel Rocque; coach, China (after 7-5 win over Canada): “Yesterday we lost to a very hot German skip who made an incredible shot to win. We felt we outplayed them yesterday, but it put us in a situation where you have to start beating some stronger teams and this was one of those opportunities to just to continue to play the way we have, which is good enough to get some results. They typically play-up against the bigger teams. They love playing against them, the question is how to sustain the performance. We work on bringing a consistent game to the ice and then the outcome happens one way or another.”

Jan Hess; skip, Switzerland (after 9-3 win over Germany): “It’s pretty cool that we won that game, it was an important one for us to stay in the competition. I think we started pretty good and had control of the game and I think we deserved to win this one. We’re at a pretty good level already but we’re still getting better and I hope it continues like this.”

Andrew Stopera; skip, United States (after 7-5 win over Sweden): “Every team we play here is tough, so to come out on top against these guys is nice. We were just on the fortunate side of the inch here and there, and it feels good to get back in the win column.”

Men session five results: Scotland 7-5 Korea; Canada 5-7 China; Sweden 5-7 United States; Germany 3-9 Switzerland; Russia 5-7 Norway

Standings after men's session five (win-loss):

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

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