Canada, Scotland and Sweden qualify for the play-off stage

  • Sweden qualify for the play-offs after win over China Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Olympic silver medallists Sweden beat China by 10-2 and Scotland beat Norway by 8-6 in Thursday morning’s 15th session of round-robin play at the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship in Las Vegas, United States, and these wins mean that both have now qualified for the weekend play-off stage.

The other winners in this session were Netherlands, who beat Switzerland by 8-6 and Korea, who had an extra end 6-5 win over Italy.

Although they sat out this session, Canada have also now qualified for the play-offs. As well as Canada, Germany, Japan, Russia and United States all sat this session out.

Sweden gave themselves the perfect start in the first end against China when their skip Niklas Edin played a draw into the house to open the scoring with four points. Edin then ended the game in the seventh end, with another draw shot, scoring one point for a 10-2 score-line. This eighth win for the Swedes secured their play-off qualification.

In their 8-6 victory over Norway, Scotland scored three points in the eighth end when their skip Bruce Mouat played a hit with his last stone, and, as with Sweden, this eighth win gave the Scots a place in the play-offs.

Netherlands played Switzerland in this session and in the sixth end their skip Jaap Van Dorp drew his second stone into the house to score two points and take a 5-3 lead. Later, in the ninth end,
Switzerland’s skip Marc Pfister hit out a Dutch stone to score two points and level the game at 6-6. However, the Dutch team then went on to win by 8-6.

In the fourth game of this session, Italy played Korea. This game was tied at 5-5 after ten ends to force an extra end, and in that end Korea’s skip ChangMin Kim drew his last stone into the house to score the one point that secured his team’s 6-5 win.

With the first three play-off places now secured, Norway in fourth, Russia in fifth place and Switzerland in sixth place lead the charge for qualification among the others teams.

They said it

Niklas Edin; skip, Sweden (after 10-2 win over China): "We got a good start with the four there. We were playing a bit risky there but at the same time we were making a lot of shots and when he was heavy with his last draw and we had an open draw for four and it feels really good. It’s not game over but it’s close to it, we feel totally in control and they feel they have to go hard for a deuce and then we get a steal of three and that is definitely game over."

Bruce Mouat; skip, Scotland (after 8-6 win over Norway): "That was an important win for us. That’s a good Norwegian team so to keep above them in the standings is the main thing for us right now. We didn’t have the best of starts but we stuck in as a team and made sure we were all positive. It’s really exciting that we’ve qualified and now our job is to make sure we’re in the top two."

Jaap Van Dorp; skip, the Netherlands (after 8-6 win over Switzerland): "That was a good win and we were playing well. We’ve been playing well all week and we put our game together there and got a nice win. We’ve had some misfortune on a couple of last shots but if we keep up the positive atmosphere and good play and the wins will come."

Session 15 results: Norway 6-8 Scotland; Sweden 10-2 China; Netherlands 8-6 Switzerland; Italy 5-6 Korea

Standings after session 15:

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

Q = qualified for the play-offs

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