Canada maintain world men’s unbeaten run with fifth win

LGT World Men’s Curling Championship 2022, Las Vegas, NV, USA © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik 2022

Canada continued their unbeaten run at the top of the LGT World Men’s table, when they defeated Italy, by 10-4, in Monday afternoon’s seventh session of round-robin play.

Also in this session, Korea defeated United States, 9-7; Switzerland beat Netherlands, 6-3; and Scotland won, 7-3 over Denmark. This is the second win for all three teams and moves them into a nine-way tie for third place.

Canada versus Italy 

Canada took to the ice for their only game of the day and applied the pressure to Italy from the very first end. In the first end, facing three Canadian counters, Italian skip, Joel Retornaz played a draw into the four-foot with his final stone to score a single point.

Canada then took the lead in the second end when their skip, Brad Gushue, was left with an open draw for two points. Another open draw in the fourth end gave Canada a score of three and a 5-2 lead.

Italy reduced the deficit in the fifth, when Retornaz had the opportunity to score three and level the game with a hit, but his shooter rolled too far, only giving them a score of two and leaving Canada with a 5-4 lead at the break.

In the second half, Canada increased their lead with two points in the sixth end, then stole a single point in the seventh after an Italian hit-and-roll attempt didn’t roll far enough.

A further steal of two points in the eighth end, after Retornaz was left with a difficult promotion take-out attempt when facing three Canadian stones, was enough for Italy to concede the game with the final score 10-4 to Canada.

Afterwards, Gushue said, “We were just trying to execute shots and get a better feel for the ice. The ice was better today than it has been in the past four games and we picked it up pretty early. We had some success with hammer and I think part of that was getting set up with the first four rocks, then it was just a matter of me and Mark [Nichols] not messing it up!”

Netherlands versus Switzerland

Team Switzerland © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

Switzerland faced Netherlands in this session and with the last stone advantage, the Swiss blanked the first two ends. In the third end, facing a split house, Switzerland skip, Yannick Schwaller was forced to draw into the house and tapped back a Dutch stone for a score of one.

In the fifth, Netherlands skip Wouter Goesgens, already sitting shot stone, attempted a difficult hit and roll to score two, but was wide with his attempt, scoring one point to level the score at 1-1.

Switzerland scored two in the sixth end to take a 3-1 lead, then were left with an open draw in the eighth to extend that lead to 5-2. A single-point score in the tenth end gave Switzerland a 6-3 victory.

United States versus Korea

Korea faced off against United States with both sides looking to take their second win.

After blanking the first end, Korea skip Kim Soo-Hyuk played a draw in the second end for a score of three points.

United States responded with three points of their own when skip Korey Dropkin played a hit-and-stay with his final stone of the third.

Korea against United States © WCF / Steve Seixeiro

United States closed the scores with two points in the sixth end, before another score of two points in the ninth end made it 9-7 in Korea’s favour. Then, in the tenth, Korea ran United States out of stones for the 9-7 win.

Afterwards, Kim said “All my teammates have the will power, but I have to improve myself. Everyone else is performing very well. We have two losses against Denmark and Norway — they were very close games, so it’s not like there were big things to fix. If we can manage to fix some little things I’m sure for future games we will play better.”

Denmark versus Scotland

LGT World Men’s Curling Championship 2022, Las Vegas, NV, USA © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik 2022

Scotland faced Denmark and opened the scoring in the second when fourth player, Ross Paterson, attempted to blank the end, but his shooter stuck around, giving them a single-point score.

Paterson then scored two points in the third when he played a double take-out of two Danish stone while keeping his shooter in play to lead, by 3-1.

Denmark levelled the score in the sixth end with a score of two points.

Scotland stole two more points in the tenth end for a 7-3 win, after Denmark skip Tobias Thune could only remove one of the three Scottish counters, while searching for two points of his own to take the game to an extra end.

Session seven results: Denmark 3-7 Scotland; Netherlands 3-6 Switzerland; Canada 10-4 Italy; United States 7-9 Korea.

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Las Vegas, United States

5 April 2022
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