USA break Scotland's winning streak

  • USA buoyant after win against Scotland photo: WCF / Céline Stucki

It was a battle for positioning of the top three teams in Group D in Thursday morning’s session of play with Scotland suffering their first defeat of the week in their game against USA.

Scotland had the upper hand in the first half of the game but they gave up four in the sixth end and conceded at 9-3 after seven ends.

“It was kind of good fortune for us!” said USA Skip Brady Clark after the game, “but it was a well-played game. I thought they played really well and we can still sharpen up a little. But I am happy with the results and it is nice to be tied for first.”

Hungary was confirmed as the third-ranked team in Group D after they lost their game against Estonia. With the Estonian’s out of the mix for the final stages, Skip Martin Lill said he had nothing to lose as he hurled his last stone down the ice to clear the house and claim two points for a 7-6 win.

“We just wanted to play a relaxed game!” said Lill afterwards. “Hungary are a very good team but it is a good feeling for us to have finished the tournament winning a game especially when it is your last shot!”

In the remaining games of the session, Wales’ hopes of making the final rounds from Group B were dashed by a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Spain. Latvia beat Australia 6-4 and Japan won their last game against Austria 7-5. Turkey also won their final game of the event 9-6 against Belarus.