Russia mount play-off bid with fourth straight victory

  • Russia's lead Evgeny Klimov and second Artur Razhabov sweeping © WCF / Richard Gray

A 9-4 win over Italy in just six ends in Wednesday (4 April) morning’s 12th round-robin session of the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, keeps Sweden on top of the rankings, while Russia’s 7-6 victory over United States – a fourth successive win – keeps them in play-off contention.

Other winners in this session were Canada, who beat Norway by 8-2 and Scotland, with a 7-2 victory over Korea. Scotland and Canada now share second place. Meanwhile, China, Germany, Japan, Netherlands and Switzerland all sat out this session.

In the second end of his game against Italy, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin played a raise take-out to score four points and take a 4-1 lead. Then in the fourth end he played a tap and roll to add three more points to his team’s score, on the way to a six-end 9-4 win.

In the tenth end of the game between United States and Russia, United States’ fourth player Greg Persinger attempted a hit and roll, but it did not work out, giving Russia two points and a 7-6 win that keeps them in contention.

Canada faced Norway in this session, and in the fifth end Canada’s skip Brad Gushue played a hit and roll on a Norwegian stone to score three points and seal his team’s 8-2 win.

Scotland played Korea in the fourth game of this session and in the seventh end, Scotland’s skip Bruce Mouat drew his last stone into position to score four points and take a 7-2 win.

These results restore Sweden’s position at the top of the rankings, with Canada and Scotland sharing second place. Behind these three, Norway are fourth while Russia are fifth and Switzerland are in the vital sixth position. China and Korea lead the chasing pack while Germany and United States share 12th place at the foot of the table.

They said it

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 9-4 win over Italy): “We had a tough game last night and we've had a couple of tough games earlier too that we won. I think last night’s loss might even be positive for us for the rest of this event. You almost never go through these events undefeated. We bounced back really hard this morning and made a really good game here. We’re just trying to be more precise with rock placement and trying to figure out the speed of the rocks and the speed of the paths that we’re throwing in.”

Brad Gushue; skip, Canada (after 8-2 win over Norway): “That was a good game. We felt good out there, we threw the rocks well and had a good read on the ice. From the first game till now, we’ve just been getting better and better, which is a good progression. A lot of that comes from being comfortable with the ice. We know where to put the broom and once the broom is in the right spot, I’m pretty confident in our ability to make shots.”

Alexey Timofeev; skip, Russia (after 7-6 win over United States): “I was disappointed in some of our play, but I knew we’d have to play in ends eight, nine and ten and show the best of what we can do. The world and European championships are big competitions, there’s a lot of emotion and I like to play in them - these are the games I really want to be in.”

Session 12 results: Sweden 9-4 Italy; Norway 2-8 Canada; United States 6-7 Russia; Korea 2-7 Scotland

Standings after session 12

Sweden 7-1
Canada 6-1
Scotland 6-1
Norway 6-2
Russia 5-2
Switzerland 3-3
China 3-4
Korea 3-5
Italy 2-5
Japan 2-5
Netherlands 1-5
Germany 1-6
United States 1-6

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