Norway remain unbeaten; First wins for USA, Korea and Slovakia

  • Norway win again to remain undefeated. Photo © WCF / Céline Stucki

Day two of the World Wheelchair Curling Championship 2016 continued in Lucerne, Switzerland with the third session of round-robin play and wins for USA, Norway, Slovakia and Korea.

Norway continued their unbeaten run in this competition as they defeated China 11-5, beginning the game with steals in the opening two ends before China picked up a single point in the third end.

The fourth end of the game saw Norway score a huge six points to take a 9-1 lead into the break.

After the break Norway stole another single point before China fought back with four points in the sixth end. Norway saw out the win with a single point in the seventh end and took their record in this competition to 3-0.

Korea picked up their first win of the tournament by defeating Finland 11-1. Korea opened the scoring with three points in the first end, followed by a score a three points in the third end.

They then went on to steal one point in the fourth end, two points in the fifth end and two points in the sixth and final end to close out their victory.

Slovakia won their first game of the week by defeating Russia 8-5. Slovakia took the lead in the second end with a score of two points and held onto it for the rest of the game.

Russia brought the scores within one point when they scored three in the seventh end, but two points by Slovakia in the eighth end sealed the win.

In the final game of the session both the USA and Canada were searching for their first win of the week and it was the USA who emerged the winners by a scoreline of 9-6 in a close fought game with the lead changing hands five times.

USA began the game by stealing single points in the first two ends before Canada got on the scoreboard in the third end with three points to jump into the lead. USA recovered the lead with a score of two points in the fourth end before being overtaken again by Canada when they scored three points in the fifth end.

USA took the lead for the final time with a score of three points in the sixth end before going on to steal single points in the seventh and eighth ends to close out the game.

They Said It:

Hui-Tae Yang; Korea Skip (after their 11-1 win over Finland): "I think we were not mentally ready with this venue this morning because it was our first time playing here, but we kept encouraging each other and concentrated more on throwing stones for the second match. That’s why we won."

Patrick McDonald; USA Skip (on their 9-6 win over Canada): "It felt good. We went back to the rooms last night and talked, we all understood it was just execution, we just couldn’t get a rhythm going. We had a great night of sleep, we came down this morning and watched the ice for a little while, then we just went out there and played the way we know how and everything worked."

RESULTS Session 3:

USA 9-6 Canada; Norway 11-5 China; Slovakia 8-5 Russia; Korea 11-1 Finland.

STANDINGS after three sessions (W-L):

Norway (3-0)
Switzerland (2-0)
Russia (2-1)
China (1-1)
Korea (1-1)
Slovakia (1-1)
USA (1-1)
Canada (0-2)
Finland (0-2)
Germany (0-2)