Sweden junior men secure first win of the week

  • Team Sweden © WCF / Richard Gray

Sweden beat Germany by 9-7 in Tuesday afternoon’s fifth session of the men’s round robin at the World Junior Championships in Liverpool, Canada to record their first win so far.

Meanwhile, Scotland carried on their winning ways with a 6-2 victory over New Zealand, a result that moves them two wins clear at the top of the table ahead of a five-way tie for second place, involving Canada, Norway, New Zealand, Switzerland, and United States.

Sweden were 6-7 down after seven ends of their game against Germany, but a strong finish, scoring single points in the last three ends, sealed their win.

Afterwards, their skip Daniel Berggren said, “we’ve had a rough start to this tournament, and ended up with two losses in extra ends, so it’s been good to have a win. This was an important win and now we can keep rolling. I think we must take one game at a time now and see what happens.”

In their game against New Zealand, Scotland took a 4-1 lead into the break and controlled matters from there to eventually win by 6-2.

After this game their skip Ross Whyte said, “we played well there. We went out and did what we needed to do after a good performance last night [against Canada]. Every game is really tough, and you can’t get complacent. We’ve played pretty well the whole way through and we’ve kept it the same the whole way through, so we’re happy.”

Defending champions Canada also won in this session, beating Italy by 10-3, to recover from their previous loss against Scotland. Commenting on this, their skip Tyler Tardi said, “it’s big for us to come back after a game like that [against Scotland]. Last night we played a really great team and had some problems, but we got them fixed up today and came out with the win there. I hope we can keep it up.”

United States beat Norway by 9-5, thanks to scores of three points in each of the second and fourth ends and after this win, their skip Andrew Stopera said, “we had come out playing well and got this big win. We just kept to our game plan, stayed focussed, and kept up the communication with the team. The ice here in Liverpool is good and everyone on the team is doing a good job. We are happy with how it’s been and feel really good.”

Switzerland also won in this session, beating China by 6-5 after an extra end.

In the overall rankings, with Scotland in a clear lead and a five-way tie for second behind them, Germany, on two wins and three losses, are in seventh position on their own while China, Italy and Sweden all sit below them, on one win and four losses.

Results and standings:

Session five: Norway 5-9 United States; New Zealand 2-6 Scotland; Sweden 9-7 Germany; Canada 10-3 Italy; China 5-6 Switzerland.

Standings after session five (W-L):

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

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