Switzerland beat Germany for first 361º World Men’s win

  • Switzerland's third Enrico Pfister and Germany's alternate Sebastian Schweizer © WCF / Richard Gray

Switzerland beat Germany by 7-4 in Monday (2 April) afternoon’s seventh session of round-robin play at the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, to record their first win of the event so far.

Other winners in this session were Canada, who beat Italy by 8-7; China, with a 9-4 win over Korea and Scotland, with an extra end 7-6 victory over United States.

In the game between Germany and Switzerland, the teams went into the break tied at 2-2, but scores of two points in each of the eighth and tenth ends gave the Swiss the 7-4 win.

Canada faced Italy and in the fifth end of this game, Italy’s fourth player Amos Mosaner had an open draw into the house to score three points and take a 6-5 lead. In the tenth end, Mosaner’s attempted raise double take-out just feathered the second stone, giving Canada a steal of one point and their 8-7 win.

China faced Korea in this session and, in the opening end, China’s skip Dejia Zou drew into the house to score three points and establish an immediate advantage. China then went on to win by 9-4.

In the fourth game of this session Scotland played United States and in the ninth end with the score tied at 5-5, the Americans’ fourth player Greg Persinger hit out a Scottish stone to score one point and take a 6-5 lead. In the tenth end, Scotland skip Bruce Mouat also played a hit, to score one point, tie the game at 6-6 and force an extra end. In that extra end, Persinger came up short with his final draw to give Scotland a steal of one point and the 7-6 win.

These results leave Norway and Sweden as the only two unbeaten teams at the top of the rankings while four teams – Canada, China, Korea and Scotland – share third place on three wins and one loss. All the other teams have recorded just one win except Germany who sit at the foot of the table, still looking for their first victory.

They said it

Brad Gushue: skip, Canada (after 8-7 win over Italy): “We were fortunate, for him [Italy’s fourth Amos Mosaner] to miss that last shot, he’s such a good hitter. I didn’t expect him to miss it, but I’m proud of how the team recovered. They’re a good team and the ice was a whole lot better today – we’re still adjusting. Hopefully this will be the springboard to us playing the way I know we can play.”

Marc Pfister; skip, Switzerland (after 7-4 win over Germany): “It’s great to win our first game. We had a bad start, but we are happy now for the first win. Of course, it was an important game for us, after three losses, so it was very important for self-confidence.”

Bruce Mouat; skip, Scotland (after 7-6 extra end win over United States): “Most of the teams we’re playing this week will be really tough, so we just want to keep the momentum we’ve been trying to build. We had a sore loss against Sweden yesterday, so we wanted to bounce back. We didn’t have our best last five ends, but we still managed to win. We had a discussion about what we wanted in the extra end. We thought the ice was slowing down a bit, so we thought we’d give him a draw instead of a hit. That was a good win for us, we’re in a good spot. We’re really proud of how we’re playing.”

Session seven results: Italy 7-8 Canada; Korea 4-9 China; Switzerland 7-4 Germany; Scotland 7-6 United States

Standings after session five

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

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