Canada defeat Finland to win bronze

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Canada v Finland bronze medal game highlights from World Curling TV

Canada beat Finland 8-4 on Easter Sunday morning to claim the bronze medals at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2015 in the Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, Canada.

Canada won the bronze medals after defeating Finland on Easter Sunday Photo: WCF/CC/Michael Burns

Canada's skip Pat Simmons and his team of third John Morris, second player Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen started well.

Simmons drew his final stone of the first end into shot position inside four Finnish stones, to open the scoring with one point.

Canada then had the first break-through of the game in the second end when Finland's skip Aku Kauste's attempted tap-back went wrong, giving Canada a single-point steal and a 2-0 lead.

Kauste then scored his team's first point in the third end when he drew his final stone inside three Canadian stones already sitting there.

In the fourth end, after Kauste wrecked his final effort on a guard, Canada's skip Pat Simmons had a straightforward draw with his last stone to score a game-changing three points for a 5-1 lead.

Finland tried to get back into the game after this, with Kauste drawing his final stone of the fifth end into the house to score one point and reduce Canada's lead to 5-2.

Another draw by Simmons in the sixth end, scoring two points this time, built on Canada's lead, taking them to 7-2.

After blanking the seventh end Finland scored two points in the eighth end to reduce Canada's lead to 7-4.

In the ninth end, both skips were heavy and through with their last draws, leaving a Canadian stone already sitting at the back of the house to score one point for an 8-4 score-line. After this the teams shook hands as Finland conceded defeat.

Canadian skip Pat Simmons spoke after the game, saying: "It was nice to play again like we had all week. We changed our focus a bit and enjoyed the game, enjoyed the atmosphere and just curled."

His third player John Morris added: "It feels good to go out on a note like that. We were pretty down after last night (semi-final loss to Sweden). Today was just a new team, we played a lot better and it’s nice to finish like that."

Also taking the bronze medals for Canada will be alternate Thomas Sallows and coach Earle Morris who have supported the team throughout the week.

Speaking after the game Finnish skip Aku Kauste said: "That was not our best game. I think we still played pretty well but we were just on the wrong side nearly every end. What can you do? Canada played really well - the better team won today."

More generally, he added: "I have to think about how far we've come this year. I think we have done much better than anyone was ever expecting. We had to play really well to win the Finnish championship, then we had to win the European B-Division, then the World Challenge to the World Championship, and then get to the bronze medal game here - that's pretty good."

Over 50,000 spectators have already come through the doors at the Scotiabank Centre so far this week, with many more expected for the concluding game of the Championship.

Scandinavian rivals Norway and Sweden will play for the gold medals and the world title, with the game starting at 16:00 on Sunday afternoon.

SCHEDULE (all times local, Atlantic Daylight Time)

Sunday 5 April, 2015
Gold medal game:
Norway v Sweden (16:00)

RESULTS
Bronze medal game:
Canada 8, Finland 4.

STANDINGS
Standings after bronze medal game (W-L):

1. Norway 11-1 (To play Sweden in gold medal game)
2. Sweden 10-3 (To play Norway in gold medal game)
3. Canada 11-3 (Bronze)
4. Finland 7-7
5. USA 6-6
6. Japan 5-6
7. Switzerland 5-6
8. China 4-7
9. Czech Republic 4-7
10. Italy 3-8
11. Scotland 3-8
12. Russia 2-9

Rankings are determined by rule C9 of the World Curling Federation's ‘The Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition’. Details can be obtained at www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations

Video Highlights: Highlights from games throughout the Championship will be available to watch courtesy of World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation.

WCTV will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Halifax. The full broadcast schedule is here: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmcc2015/schedule

In addition, curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2015 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

The 2016 World Men's Curling Championship will be staged in Basel, Switzerland starting on Saturday 2nd April.