Canada and Korea win qualification games to move onto semi-finals

  • Canada defeat United States to move onto semi-finals Photo © WCF / Steve Seixeiro

In Saturday (7 April) morning’s qualification games of the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship in Las Vegas, United States, Canada played the host nation for the right to play second-placed Scotland in the semi-finals.

Canada had finished in third place after the round-robin, while United States claimed the last available qualification slot in sixth place on the rankings.

The other qualification game was between fourth-placed Korea and fifth-placed Norway, with the winners facing overall round-robin leaders Sweden in the other semi-final.

It was Canada and Korea who emerged as winners, with Canada beating United States by 6-4, and Korea winning by 7-5 over Norway.

In the seventh end of the game between United States and Canada, United States fourth player Greg Persinger played a double take-out to score two points and tie the game at 3-3. In the next end Canada’s skip Brad Gushue played a tap on one of his own stones to score two points and re-take the lead, at 5-3. Eventually, Gushue delivered a draw to the four-foot ring to score one point in the tenth end and claim his win.

In the game between Korea and Norway, the Koreans scored two points in both the opening end and the eighth end to take a 6-4 lead. Eventually, in the tenth end, Korea’s skip ChangMin Kim played a draw that was swept into the house by all three of his team-mates to score one point and win the game by 7-5.

Korea will now face Sweden in the first semi-final on Saturday afternoon, while the second semi-final on Saturday evening will feature Canada against Scotland.

They said it

ChangMin Kim; skip, Korea (after 7-5 win over Norway): "[Draw for win] It’s an easy shot but it had some pressure, but I made it and it feels very good. The other guys in the team had a good performance for the whole game but I made some mistakes. I tried to forget about them and we came through in the last end. I want to get the gold medal, so we’ll be trying!"

Brad Gushue; skip, Canada (after 6-4 win over United States): "That was probably the toughest draw to the four foot I’ve ever had in my life. The ice was really challenging. You’re guessing out there. I had to make sure I hit the broom and throw the right weight. Looking forward, we’re going to play aggressive and play strong."

Qualification round results: 3v6 - Canada 6-4 United States; 4v5 - Korea 7-5 Norway

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