Men's play-off hunt tightens at World Juniors

  • Norway’s Magnus Ramsfjell watches over Germany on Wednesday morning at the World Junior Curling Championships 2019 © WCF / Richard Gray

As Scotland men continued their unbeaten run – beating Italy by 12-1 in just six ends of Wednesday morning’s sixth round-robin session of the World Junior Championships in Liverpool, Canada – the qualification race behind them is heating up.

Four teams – Canada, Norway, Switzerland, and United States – now share second place and all recorded wins in this session.

Defending champions Canada beat China by 6-2 and later their skip Tyler Tardi simply said, “that was a close game and they are a great team.”

Norway recovered from giving up three points to their German opponents in the seventh end by scoring three of their own in the eighth before going on to a single-point win, by 9-8. After this game, their skip Magnus Ramsjfell said, “we feel confident after playing some good shots in that game, especially with the tricky ice conditions. It’s amazing to have so many people watching and supporting us - this experience is cool.”

A score of four points in the fourth end made all the difference for Switzerland in their eventual 7-5 win over New Zealand as skip Marco Hoesli explained, “every game is important now. We knew we had a good chance to win this game, so we started out pretty offensively and it worked out for us. We had problems at the beginning of the week, but now we know the ice and it’s all better.”

In the fifth game of this session, United States beat Sweden by 7-5 to become the fourth team tied for second place. After this game, their skip Andrew Stopera said, “every game is big - that was a battle out there and we had to steal a two to get back into the game. We’re happy to grind out a win and every win is important, particularly when it’s a tight field like this.”

Results and standings:

Session six: New Zealand 5-7 Switzerland; United States 7-5 Sweden; China 2-6 Canada; Germany 8-9 Norway; Italy 1-12 Scotland.

Standings after session six (W-L):

Scotland 6-0
Canada 4-2
Norway 4-2
Switzerland 4-2
United States 4-2
New Zealand 3-3
Germany 2-4
China 1-5
Italy 1-5
Sweden 1-5

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