Wednesday 5 April 2017
In Wednesday (5 April) morning’s 12th session of round-robin play in the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017, in the Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, the hosts, unbeaten Canada, faced a Dutch team still looking for their first win.
Canada opened with a score of three points in the first end, and in the fifth end, their skip Brad Gushue drew his last stone into the house to score two points and take a 6-1 lead. In the seventh end, it was Netherland skip Jaap Van Dorf who played the final draw, scoring two points to reduce Canada’s lead to 6-3. Canada went on to retain their unbeaten record, with an 8-3 victory.
The game between second-placed Sweden and Scotland went all the way to the last stone of the last end, when Sweden skip Niklas Edin knocked out a Scottish counter to score one point and win the game by 6-4.
In the game between China and Norway, China’s skip Rui Liu played a delicate tap-back for a count of two in the third end and a 2-1 lead. This game remained competitive all the way and in the ninth end Norway’s skip Steffen Walstad played a double take-out in the four-foot ring to score two points and reduce China’s lead to 6-5. China went on to win after an extra end, by 7-6.
Japan faced Russia in the fourth game of this session and they opened with a score of four points in the first end when their skip Yusuke Morozumi hit out a Russian stone. In the seventh end, Morozumi scored three more points with another hit to finish the game off, winning by 12-4.
They said it
Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 6-4 win over Scotland): ““I think we started the game really well. Had an early three-point lead but let up a little bit in the sixth end where we lost our focus a bit and ended up giving them a steal of one. We gave them a few opportunities to get back into the game but were able to finish the last three ends of the game really strong. I think we are going to have an extremely tough match tonight against Switzerland. Benoit isn’t missing a lot right now, so now more than ever we need to make sure we make all of our shots and bring that elite level of play."
Brad Gushue; skip, Canada (after 8-3 win over Netherlands): “[We’re in] good shape and it was a good game today. At the end we lost some focus, but first couple of ends we were really sharp. The ice is good and we feel good.”
Marcel Rocque; coach, China (after 7-6 extra end win over Norway): “Unfortunately, we had some slips earlier in the week here and put our backs against the wall. But, we’re just trying to come out and play to get more wins and see what comes at the end. Patience for one [got us this win] and good rock placement in the eighth end to gain control of the game. A couple of little mistakes and Norway didn’t go away easy, they fought right to the end.”
Yusuke Morozumi; skip, Japan (after 12-4 win over Russia): “We were able to read the ice well in that game and that was the difference.”
Results after session 12: Sweden 6-4 Scotland; Netherlands 3-8 Canada; China 7-6 Norway; Russia 4-12 Japan
Standings after session 12:
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