Top pack moves ahead on 361º World Men standings

  • Norway's skip Steffen Walstad calls a shot © WCF / Steve Seixeiro

All four of the table-toppers had wins in Tuesday (3 April) afternoon’s tenth round-robin session at the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship 2018 in Las Vegas, United States, as they start to separate from the rest of the field.

Leaders Sweden kept their unbeaten record with a 7-2 victory over United States for their sixth win, while the joint second-placed teams also won– Canada beat Japan by 9-2 in just six ends; Norway had a last-stone 6-5 win over China and Scotland beat Netherlands by 8-3.

In the first end of the game between Olympic silver medallists Sweden and United States, Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin drew his second stone into the house to open the scoring with two points. The Swedes then went on to score three points in the fifth end on the way to their 7-2 win.

The game between Norway and China came down to the last stone and Norway’s skip Steffen Walstad drew his final stone into the centre of the house to score the one point needed to take the win, by 6-5.

Scotland faced Netherlands in this session, and in the eighth end, Scotland’s skip Bruce Mouat hit out a Dutch stone to score two points for an 8-3 score-line, at which point Netherlands conceded.

In the fourth game of the session, Canada faced Japan and Canada’s skip Brad Gushue opened the game with a draw into an open house for three points in the first end. He added another two points with a hit-out of a Japanese stone in the third end and sealed his 9-2 win with a two-point steal in the sixth end.

These results mean that the top four teams are now clear of fifth place Russia, while China and Korea sit in joint sixth place. At the other end of the table, Germany, Netherlands and United States share 11th place, with just one win each and five losses.

They said it

Brad Gushue; skip, Canada (after 9-2 win over Japan): “We were pretty comfortable, pretty confident. We made a lot of good shots and executed very well. We put a lot of pressure on and got a couple of misses that made the score look pretty lop-sided. We want to just keep getting better and we’ve been getting better and better as the week’s gone on and hopefully we can keep that progression.”

Steffen Walstad; skip, Norway (after 6-5 win over China): “I think that was a well-played game by both teams. We probably played one of our best games and we got almost no chances. China played a well-run game. We’ve yet to face the other three teams that are with us at the top, so it’s going to be tough going through to the end of the week – but fun!”

Session ten results: China 5-6 Norway; United States 2-7 Sweden; Scotland 8-3 Netherlands; Canada 9-2 Japan

Standings after session ten

Sweden 6-0
Canada 5-1
Norway 5-1
Scotland 5-1
Russia 3-2
China 3-3
Korea 3-3
Switzerland 2-3
Japan 2-5
Italy 1-4
Germany 1-5
Netherlands 1-5
United States 1-5

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