Sunday 2 April 2017
There were only two games in Sunday (2 April) morning’s third session of round-robin play at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017 on the ice in the Northland Coliseum, Edmonton, Canada.
Netherlands, who had lost their Saturday opener in an extra end against Germany, faced Japan, already with a win under their belt, while Canada faced Russia in the other game.
After five ends of the game between Japan and Netherlands the teams were tied at 3-3. Then Japan’s skip Yusuke Morozumi hit out a Dutch stone to score two points in the end and take a 5-3 lead in the sixth. But, Netherlands responded well in the next end as their skip Jaap Van Dorp drew his last stone into the house for two points to level the score again, at 5-5.
In the eighth end Japan’s Morozumi cleared out two Dutch stones and when the dust had settled, Japan had scored four points for a 9-5 lead. The Dutch did manage to score one point in the ninth end to reduce Japan’s lead to 9-6, but they conceded the game after that.
Hosts Canada had been pushed all the way by Switzerland before they won their Saturday opening game, but against Russia in this session, it was a different story.
Canada’s skip Brad Gushue opened his team’s account in the first end with an open draw for two points and when, in the second end, Russia’s skip Alexey Stukalskiy wrecked his final stone on a corner guard on the way into the house, Canada stole four points to give themselves a clear advantage, and a 6-0 lead.
In the fourth end, Gushue hit out a Russian stone but managed to keep his own stone within the rings to score two points from the end and move his team’s lead to 8-2. Gushue then brought the game to its conclusion in the sixth end with a hit to score three points and win the game with a final score of 11-3.
These results leave both Canada and Japan unbeaten as they sit together at the top of the rankings.
They said it
Yusuke Morozumi; skip, Japan (after 9-6 win over Netherlands): “That was a good game. That was a good shot for four in the eighth and if you make a great shot like that you always feel good. Now we’ve got momentum but now we need to get ready for the next game.”
Brad Gushue; skip, Canada (after 11-3 win over Russia): “I think it’s a bit of a confidence boost after yesterday the first five ends we struggled pretty bad and I think after the last 11 ends we’ve been playing pretty good.”
Results after session three: Japan 9-6 Netherlands; Russia 3-11 Canada
Standings after session three:
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