Norway continue their unbeaten run

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

Norway remain one of the two undefeated teams in the competition after a victory over Slovakia in the day 3, afternoon session, of round-robin play. This session also saw wins for USA, Russia, and Korea.

Norway battled through a tough game their way to be the first team to reach four wins in the competition when they defeated Slovakia 7-5.

Slovakia were the first team on to the scoreboard when they stole two points in the second end after the first end was blanked. Norway responded immediately with a score of three points in the third end and back-to-back single point steals in the fourth and fifth ends.

After Slovakia scored two points in the sixth and a single point steal in the seventh end the teams went into the final end of the game tied at 5-5.

With Norway sitting two shot stones, Slovakia skip, Radoslav Duris, was unable to draw into the house with his final stone giving Norway two points and the win.

After their loss this morning USA started with intent in this session taking a commanding 11-0 lead by the break. After a single point score in the first end they went on to steal three points in the second end, four points in the third end and a further three points in the fourth end.

After the break Finland scored a single point in the fifth end before stealing a single point in the sixth end. That was to be the extent of Finland’s fight back as they conceded in the seventh end for a final score of 11-2 to USA.

Russia also dominated their game against China, going into the break leading 8-0 after scoring two points in the first end, stealing three points in the second, one point in the third, and two points in the fourth end.

China picked up a single point in the fifth and stole another single point in the sixth end to get on the scoreboard, but Russia scored three points in the seventh end to complete their 11-2 win.

In the final game of the session Korea defeated Canada 7-3. With the score 5-3 after the sixth end, Korea stole a further two points in the seventh end to extend their lead and hold on for the win.

They Said It:

Stephen Emt; USA Skip for this game (after their 11-2 win against Finland): "We were a little upset this morning. Germany played extremely well, kudos to them, we missed some shots, but they out played us, they beat us and their skip played some great shots.

Sitting at 1-2, we knew were were doing well with the last shot draw, but we know we’re better than that as far as the record goes. We’ve got the best teams in the world here, we believe we’re one of them and we just need to come out and execute our shots and hit the broom. We did that for the first couple of ends here against Finland and if we continue to do that, hopefully it’ll be the turning point for the week."

Rune Lorentsen; Norway Skip (after their 7-5 win against Slovakia): "It was a tough game for us. We had a couple of easy misses and we couldn’t get things going the way we wanted. We managed to get a couple of points then the steal, at 5-5 after 7 you’re a little bit nervous, but it was just a clean up at the end.

It was a game we had to struggle a little bit with and we needed one of those. Everything went well in our other games but not this one."

RESULTS Session 5:

Russia 11-2 China; Slovakia 5-7 Norway; Canada 3-7 Korea; Finland 2-11 USA.

STANDINGS after 5 sessions (W-L):

Norway (4-0)
Switzerland (3-0)
Korea (3-1)
Russia (3-1)
China (2-2)
USA (2-2)
Germany (1-2)
Slovakia (1-3)
Canada (0-4)
Finland (0-4)