Canada and Scotland win to join Sweden in three way tie at the top of the rankings

  • Scotland win to move into joint first place Photo © WCF / Steve Seixeiro

Wins for Canada by 8-5 over the Netherlands, and Scotland, by 9-2 against Japan, in Wednesday evening’s 14th round-robin session, combined with Olympic silver medallists Sweden sitting out the session, have created a three-way tie at the top of the rankings of the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship in Las Vegas, United States.

The other winners in this session were Korea, who beat Germany by 10-6, and, after an extra end, Switzerland, with an 8-6 win over Norway, while Russia, Switzerland, Italy, and United States joined Sweden in sitting out this session.

In the fifth end of the game between Canada and Netherlands, Canada’s skip Brad Gushue drew his last stone into position to score three points and take a 6-2 lead. After this, Canada were never really troubled on the way to their 8-5 win.

In the sixth end of his game against Japan, Scotland’s skip Bruce Mouat hit out a Japanese stone to score three points and take a 9-2 lead. Scotland then went on to record their 9-3 win.

Korea scored three points in the fifth end of their game against Germany then, in the tenth end, their skip ChangMin Kim hit out a German stone to score three points and win by 10-6.

The fourth game of this session between Norway and Switzerland went to an extra end and, after the Swiss skip Marc Pfister chipped out the Norwegian counting stone in this end, Norway’s skip Steffen Walstad came up short with his final draw to give Switzerland a steal of two points and an 8-6 win.

Despite this loss, Norway remain in fourth place behind the three joint leaders, with Russia and Switzerland now sharing fifth spot. Korea still lead the qualification chasing pack in seventh place, ahead of joint eighth-placed China and Italy. Germany still remain at the foot of the table.

They said it

Bruce Mouat; skip, Scotland (after 9-2 win over Japan): "We want to keep the momentum we’ve built, if we win a few more then we’ll be solid into the Play-offs. I’m really enjoying myself. The season we’ve had, I’ve been hoping for this. We’ve worked really hard for this chance and I’m glad that we’re able to see it come to fruition. If you get into that one/two then you’ve into a semi with two games to win a medal, which is fantastic."

Marc Pfister; skip, Switzerland (after 8-6 win over Norway): "That was a really close game, we had a couple of misses but in the end, we played very well. I had two options in the extra end, the tap or the peel and I’m stronger at the peel so I decided for the peel. We’re still on the winning road, five in a row, not so bad. Sometimes we’ve had a little bit of luck, though."

Session 14 results: Netherlands 5-8 Canada; Scotland 9-2 Japan; Germany 6-10 Korea; Norway 6-8 Switzerland.

Standings after session 14

Canada 7-1
Scotland 7-1
Sweden 7-1
Norway 6-3
Russia 5-3
Switzerland 5-3
Korea 4-5
China 3-5
Italy 3-5
Netherlands 2-6
United States 2-6
Japan 2-7
Germany 1-8

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