Important wins for Switzerland and Norway as day four draws to a close

  • Switzerland's sweepers in action © WCF / Richard Gray

Switzerland and Norway claimed important wins in Tuesday (3 April) evening’s 11th round-robin session at the 361º World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, to tighten the race for play-off places.

Switzerland moved into the top six after a dramatic 12-11 win over Korea. Switzerland opened the scoring with three points in the second end before Korea scored four points in the third and eighth ends and went into the tenth end with an 11-10 lead.

In that tenth end, with Switzerland sitting two shot stones, Korean skip, ChangMin Kim played the draw for the win, but as the stone was being swept into the house, one of the Korean sweepers fell, burning the stone and giving Switzerland a 12-11 win.

Norway handed Sweden their first defeat of the competition, by 5-3, and moved into joint first place with the Swedes. With the sides tied at 2-2 at the fifth end break, Norway scored a single point in the seventh end before stealing single points in the eighth and tenth ends for their win.

Italy faced China in this session and in the ninth end, Italian fourth player Amos Mosaner played a double take out to score five points, after which China conceded with the score at 11-5, in Italy’s favour.

In the fourth game of the session, Russia were trailing 5-4 after seven ends when skip Alexey Timofeev, already sitting with two counting stones, drew his final stone of the eighth end to the button for a score of three points and the 7-5 lead on their way to the 8-6 win.

They said it

Marc Pfister; skip, Switzerland (after 12-11 win over Korea): “I think that was one of the craziest games I have ever played. I feel tired. [Two wins today] was important, but I don’t want to win that way – but, the umpire said two red [for the steal].”

Joel Retornaz; skip, Italy (after 11-5 win over China): “We definitely needed a win today. It has been a while since we won our last game. We needed two wins after this round. We are happy for the win. We had a very good start. First of all, our LSD [last stone draw] was great and we took the hammer. In the first three ends we were perfect and didn’t let them breathe.”

Steffen Walstad; skip, Norway (after 5-3 win over Sweden): “[The last end] was well played from our team and we were able to lock up the four foot [for the steal]. Usually, they [Niklas Edin’s team] are much better. We just had to make each shot as good as we can and hope for the best.”

Session 11 results: Switzerland 12-11 Korea; China 5-11 Italy; Sweden 3-5 Norway; Germany 6-8 Russia.

Standings after session 11

Norway 6-1
Sweden 6-1
Canada 5-1
Scotland 5-1
Russia 4-2
Switzerland 3-3
China 3-4
Korea 3-4
Italy 2-4
Japan 2-5
Netherlands 1-5
United States 1-5
Germany 1-6

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