Sweden and Scotland climb to second place in standings

Sweden's Niklas Edin © WCF / Steve Seixeiro

Sweden beat Germany by 7-2 while Scotland were 10-5 winners over Finland in Tuesday evening’s eleventh round-robin session of the LGT World Men’s.

These wins mean they are locked together in second place in the rankings, behind undefeated Canada.

In this session there were also wins for Norway, by 8-3 over Netherlands, and Korea, who beat Czech Republic by 10-4.

In the third end of Germany’s game against Sweden, with the Swedes already ahead by 3-0, Germany’s skip Sixten Totzek played a hit, but his stone slid through the house, to give up a steal of one and increase Sweden’s lead to 4-0. Sweden went on to win by 7-2 when they stole a single point in the seventh end.

Germany © WCF / Steve Seixeiro

Finland versus Scotland

The game between Scotland and Finland was delayed as repairs were carried out to the damaged ice surface on their sheet. The Scots held a 2-0 lead when, in the second end, Finnish skip Kalle Kiiskinen played a draw for two points to level the score at 2-2. In the fourth end, Kiiskinen attempted a raise double take-out but missed his second target stone, to give Scotland a steal of three and a 6-2 lead.

Team Scotland © WCF / Steve Seixeiro

In the eighth end, Finland Kiiskinen was facing four Scottish counters and managed to score one point with a draw and reduce Scotland’s lead to 8-5.

Scotland went on to win, 10-5, putting them at five wins and two losses.

Netherlands versus Norway

In their game against Netherlands, Norway led by 1-0 when, in the third end, Dutch skip Wouter Goesgens missed a hit to give up a steal of five points. By the sixth end, Norway held an 8-1 lead when Goesgens played a double take-out to score one point and reduce the Norwegian lead to 8-2.  Norway won 8-3 in eight ends to record the third victory of their campaign.

Afterwards, their skip Magnus Ramsfjell said, “This was a very important win. We’ve had a couple of good games that have become bad losses. Hopefully, we’ll get a streak going now and we can stay just on four losses.”

Czech Republic versus Korea

In the fourth game of the session, the Czech Republic were against Korea where in the fifth end, Czech skip Lukas Klima pushed his draw attempt right through the house, to give up a steal of three points that extended Korea’s lead to 6-2. The Czechs gave up a further steal of two points in the eighth end and then conceded as Korea went on to win 10-4.

Team Korea © WCF / Steve Seixeiro

After the game, Korea skip Kim Soo-Hyuk said, “We’ve only played half of our round-robin games and I think we’ve only shown about 60 per cent of what we’ve prepared. This is a big venue, and this is a big competition. For some of our players it’s a first time at this level, so we just need to adapt to the environment and hopefully improve more in our later games.

Session eleven results: Netherlands 3-8 Norway; Finland 5-10 Scotland; Sweden 7-2 Germany; Czech Republic 4-10 Korea

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Las Vegas, United States

6 April 2022
LGT World Men's