Wins for middle and lower standing teams as 361º World Men’s reaches halfway point

  • Italy's lead Daniele Ferrazza © WCF / Richard Gray

The United States’ 8-5 win over Germany in Wednesday (4 April) afternoon’s 13th round-robin session at the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 in Las Vegas, United States has lifted the Americans off the foot of the table, with the Germans now being the only team to record just one victory so far.

In this session there were also vital wins for Italy, by 10-6 over Japan; Netherlands, by 6-5 over China; and, after an extra end, Switzerland by 7-6 over Russia - who are all still in contention for the play-offs. The teams not playing in this session were Canada, Korea, Norway, Scotland, and Sweden.

In the second end of the game between United States and Germany, Greg Persinger, the Americans’ fourth player, played a double take out to open the scoring with one point. Later, in the ninth end, Persinger played a draw-shot to score two points and take his team’s lead to 7-5. United States went on to win by 8-5.

In the game between Italy and Japan, Italy’s fourth player Amos Mosaner opened the scoring in the first end with a double take out that scored four points. Then, in the third end he scored three more points with another hit, to take Italy’s lead to 7-2 on the way to their 10-6 win.

In the tenth end of a tight game between Netherlands and China, the Dutch skip Jaap Van Dorp hit out a Chinese stone with his last stone, scoring the one point that sealed his team’s 6-5 victory.

Russia faced Switzerland and in the tenth end, the Swiss skip Marc Pfister hit out a Russian stone to score one point to level the score at 6-6 and force an extra end. The Swiss then stole one point in the extra end, to win by 7-6.

These results leave the top four teams the same as before – leaders Sweden, followed by Canada, Scotland and Norway. Despite their loss, Russia stay in fifth place with Switzerland in sixth spot. China, Italy, and Korea are tied in seventh, while below all this, Japan and United States are tied in 11th, with Germany at the bottom of the rankings.

They said it

Joel Retornaz; skip, Italy (after 10-6 win over Japan): “This morning was a tough loss. We had a de-briefing and we had to re-group as a team. We’re not better players than we were this morning, we just had a better performance and that was key. We might not have tried [for four] later in the game, but because it was the first end and it was for four, we tried it and it worked out very well.”

Rich Ruohonen; skip, United Sates (after 8-5 win over Germany): “That win means a lot. We’ve played better than that a lot of times. We pulled it through, got a couple of breaks for once and we got a win. It’s huge, it’s been a long time, I’m not going to lie! We’re really happy to get a win.”

Session 13 results: United States 8-5 Germany; Switzerland 7-6 Russia; Japan 6-10 Italy; Netherlands 6-5 China

Standings after session 13

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

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