Canada win again to claim the first play-off spot

  • Canada on their way to claiming the first play-off place Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Table-toppers Canada played a Norwegian team still fighting for a Play-off spot in Thursday morning's round-robin and in the third end, Canada's Kevin Koe played a delicate tap-out and stay with his own stone to score two points in the end and take a 3-2 lead.

In the fourth end, Norway's Thomas Ulsrud played a draw-shot to score one point and tie the game at 3-3. But Canada scored two in the seventh end to make a break-through before going on to win by 6-4 and become the first team to secure a place in the Play-offs.

In the same session, Denmark faced Scotland, with the Danes still aiming for a Play-off spot.

In the third end of this game, Scotland's skip Tom Brewster tapped-out a Danish stone while keeping his own stone in play to score three points and take a 3-1 lead.

In the seventh Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne also played a tap-back on a Scottish stone to score two points in the end and take a 5-4 lead.

The game went all the way to an extra end and Brewster was too heavy with his last stone, which rolled out after it hit one Danish stone, leaving the other to score one point and give Denmark a 7-6 win that keeps their Play-off hopes alive.

Korea played USA in this session and in the eighth end, USA's John Shuster drew his final stone into the house to score two points and level the game at 6-6.

The USA went on to win 8-6 when Korea's double attempt in the tenth end failed, a result that keeps them in Play-off contention.

In the fourth game of the session, Russia faced Finland and in the seventh end, Finland's skip Aku Kauste played a double take-out to score two points from the end and take a 7-3 lead on the way to a 9-3 win.

They Said It:

Kevin Koe (skip, Canada) after 6-4 win over Norway: "We came up against a good team (Sweden) yesterday and lost a close one. We knew we had another good team to play in Norway, and it just feels good to beat the good teams here"

Rasmus Stjerne (skip, Denmark) after 7-6 win over Scotland: "That’s the way this week has gone for us; we’ve played well in every game, but we can still end up anywhere. But standing here today, going into our final game and having a shot at going into the playoffs – I’m just really proud."

John Shuster (skip, USA) after 8-6 win over Korea: "We haven’t been behind too much so to be able to come from behind and win a game gives us confidence moving forward. We have one more big game coming up tonight and then we’ll see what happens."

RESULTS, session 15

Scotland 6-7 Denmark; Russia 3-9 Finland; Korea 6-8 USA; Norway 4-6 Canada

STANDINGS after session 15

Canada 9-1
Denmark 7-3
USA 7-3
Japan 6-3
Sweden 6-3
Norway 6-4
Finland 5-5
Switzerland 4-5
Scotland 4-6
Russia 2-8
Germany 1-8
Korea 1-9

WCTV highlights: Next broadcast on www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv Switzerland v Norway at 14.00 (CET, Thursday 7 April)