Olympic champions Sweden beat Finland 7-2 in just six ends during session eight of the LGT World Men’s, as they continued their comeback from a two-loss day on Sunday.
Other winners in this session were Scotland, who beat Germany by 6-4; Switzerland – 9-5 winners over Czech Republic; and United States, who beat Norway 10-8.
The Swedes blanked the first end of their game against Finland and then, in the second end, their skip Niklas Edin played a hit to open the scoring with three points. In the fifth end, Edin played another for four points, to take a 7-1 lead. Finland scored one point with a nose-hit in the sixth end, and then conceded with the score at 7-2.
This gave Sweden their second win of the day and brought them into joint second place alongside four other teams. Afterwards, Edin said, “The good thing is that the ice is a lot better now and a lot more consistent. If it stays like this, you’ll see 90 per cent from us. Our form is good. We had a good start there and that helps. I think now we can keep doing what we did at the Olympics, and that worked well.”
Switzerland versus Czech Republic
Switzerland faced Czech Republic and the Swiss opened with a score of four in the first end when their skip Yannick Schwaller had a draw. Czech Republic struggled to get themselves back into the game after this and, in the sixth end, with Switzerland leading by 7-1, their skip Lukas Klima played a hit on a Swiss stone to score two points, reducing Switzerland’s lead to 7-3. Switzerland went on to win by 9-5 after eight ends, to join the pile-up in second place.
After this win, Switzerland’s Schwaller said, “It feels like we’ve got a rhythm finally. Everything was under control. We knew the ice, we could trust where the broom is, and that means a lot. But I hope we can still get better from here.”
Norway versus United States
Norway played United States and in the third end, with United States ahead by 2-0, Norway’s skip Magnus Ramsfjell drew his final stone into the house, to score two points and level the game. After this, United States scored three points in both the sixth and eighth ends as they emerged as 10-8 winners.
Scotland versus Germany
Scotland faced Germany in this session and, in the third end, with Germany already leading by 2-0, Scotland’s fourth player Ross Paterson played a hit and roll to score one point that reduced Germany’s lead to 2-1.
In the eighth end, Germany still led by 3-2, but their skip Sixten Totzek did not move a Scottish stone enough with his one last effort to give Scotland a steal of one that levelled the score at 3-3. The Scots then went on to win by 6-4 with a steal of three points in the tenth end, when Totzek’s last stone wrecked on the way in. his result means that both Germany and Scotland join the five-way tie in second place.
Session eight results: Finland 2-7 Sweden; Norway 8-10 United States; Switzerland 9-5 Czech Republic; Scotland 6-4 Germany
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