Sweden top rankings after day two in Las Vegas

  • Sweden's sweepers Christoffer Sundgren and Rasmus Wranaa © WCF / Richard Gray

Olympic silver medallists Sweden beat Scotland by 7-6 in Sunday (31 March) evening’s fifth session of round-robin play in the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship 2018, being staged in Las Vegas, United States.

This not only maintains their unbeaten record but puts them alone at the top-of-the-table, on four wins and no losses.

Other winners in this session were Canada, who beat Switzerland by 7-2 in just six ends; Italy, who recorded their first win so far by beating Russia 9-6 and China, winners by 6-5 over Germany.

The teams who sat out this session were: Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, and United States.

When Sweden and Scotland faced each other, both were still undefeated and in the fifth end, with Scotland leading by 4-1, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin played an open draw into the house to score three points and level the game at 4-4. The Swedes then went on to win by 7-6.

Canada faced Switzerland, and by the third end, Switzerland found themselves 0-4 down. The Swiss got onto the scoreboard in this end when their skip Marc Pfister drew for one point to reduce the Canadian lead. In the next end, Canada skip Brad Gushue scored two more points to take his lead to 6-1. After this, the Swiss conceded in six ends with a final score of 7-2.

Italy played Russia in this session and in the tenth end Italy’s fourth player Amos Mosaner played a raise double take-out to score three points and take the win, by 9-6. In the fourth game of the session, China beat Germany by 6-5.

With their win in this session, undefeated Sweden move into a clear lead at the top-of-the-table, having played one game more than Korea and Norway, who now share second place. Three teams – Canada, China and Scotland now share third, while four teams – Italy, Netherlands, Russia and United States all share seventh place. Beneath all these, Germany, Japan and Switzerland are all still looking for their first wins.

They said it

Mark Nichols; third, Canada (after 7-2 win over Switzerland): “I think we were trying to catch onto the ice a little more; it took a little adjustment, but I think we got our heads wrapped around it. We came in with a good attitude; we tried to forget about yesterday altogether and just tried to do what we were doing leading up to the event – just play the game. A much better performance tonight.”

Joel Retornaz; skip, Italy (after 9-6 in over Russia): “We had two tough games to start, so we needed a win today to keep trusting that we deserve to be here and that we can also be competitive. Coach Soren [Gran] came on the ice [at the break] and said we had to change our attitude and it worked out pretty well. We were able to work with the ice.”

Dejia Zou; skip, China (after 6-5 win over Germany): “We’re pleased we’ve won this game. We are a young team and we made some mistakes, but we didn’t focus on that and we concentrated on our teamwork to make it better.”

Session five results: Scotland 6-7 Sweden; Canada 7-2 Switzerland; Italy 9-6 Russia; China 6-5 Germany

Standings after session five

Sweden 4-0
Korea 3-0
Norway 3-0
Canada 2-1
China 2-1
Scotland 2-1
Italy 1-2
Netherlands 1-2
Russia 1-2
United States 1-2
Germany 0-3
Japan 0-3
Switzerland 0-3

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