Wins for Canada and Scotland keep pressure on leaders Sweden

  • Scotland's skip Bruce Mouat © WCF / Richard Gray

Wins for Scotland – by 9-4 over Germany – and by Canada, 7-6 over Korea after an extra end, put pressure on leaders Sweden, who sat out this session, in Tuesday morning’s ninth session of the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship in Las Vegas, United States.

Scotland and Canada now share second place along with Norway. There were also wins in this session for Russia, by 6-5 over Japan; and Switzerland, who beat Italy also by 6-5, while China, Netherlands, Norway, and United States joined Sweden in sitting out.

In the game between Scotland and Germany, and with the score-line already at 6-4 in his favour, Scotland’s skip Bruce Mouat hit out a German stone to score three more points in the eighth end and win the game, 9-4.

In the tenth of the game between Canada and Korea, Korea’s skip ChangMin Kim hit out a Canadian stone to score two points and level the game at 6-6 to force an extra end. In that extra end, Canada’s skip Brad Gushue drew the last stone of the game inside two other stones to score the one point that gave his team a 7-6 win.

In their game against Japan, Russia opened with a score of three points in the first end when their skip Alexey Timofeev hit out a Japanese stone. They went on to win by 6-5.

In the fourth game of the session, Switzerland and Italy were tied at 2-2 at the fifth end break, but a steal of two points in the eighth end gave Switzerland the advantage and they went on to win by 6-5.

Behind unbeaten leaders Sweden and joint second-placed Canada, Norway and Scotland, China and Russia share fifth place. With these six teams currently occupying the Play-off qualification slots, seventh-placed Korea lead the chasing pack.

They said it

Bruce Mouat; skip, Scotland (after 9-4 win over Germany): "We’re very happy with that. That was pretty clinical in the first five ends. But they played some good shots to freeze onto ours in six and seven and that put me in a difficult spot and we ended up missing a few shots. But we had a good eighth end and made three to seal the deal.

"We’re really happy with how we’re getting on - 4 and 1. Another win today against the Netherlands will really put us in good stead for the rest of the week. We’re doing everything right at the moment."

Alexey Timofeev; skip, Russia (after 6-5 win over Japan): "The ice was a little tricky today, a bit straighter than yesterday. We tried to stay in the game for as long as possible and do our best. We were a little bit lucky he didn’t make his shot in the tenth end, but that’s the game."

Marc Pfister; skip, Switzerland (after 6-5 win over Italy): "That was an important win, important for us and for our confidence. We’re very happy to have won that tight game. We’re on the winning road now, and we’re enjoying every game here. At the start we had problems with the ice – we don’t play on arena ice too much and we’re having to adapt to it."

Session nine results: Japan 5-6 Russia; Germany 4-9 Scotland; Korea 6-7 Canada; Switzerland 6-5 Italy

Standings after session nine

Sweden 5-0
Canada 4-1
Norway 4-1
Scotland 4-1
China 3-2
Russia 3-2
Korea 3-3
Switzerland 2-3
Japan 2-4
Italy 1-4
Netherlands 1-4
United States 1-4
Germany 1-5

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