Following a day of knock-out action on Friday, in the men’s senior event, Canada will play Czech Republic for gold medals on Saturday, while Germany will face Sweden for bronze.
On the women’s side, United States will play Switzerland for gold and the title, while Finland will face Scotland for bronze.
In Friday’s men’s quarter-final action, Czech Republic beat Scotland by 7-5; Sweden were 9-2 winners over Italy; Canada beat Switzerland by 12-4; and Germany defeated United States by 6-5.
This meant that Canada faced Germany while Czech Republic played Sweden in the semi-finals.
In the semi-final between Germany and Canada, it was the Germans who took the early lead, scoring one in the first end.
But Canada responded, scoring five in the second end, and stealing one more point in the third end.
In the fourth, a hit by German skip Andy Kapp scored three points and reduced the Canadian lead to 6-4 at the break.
The teams swapped singles in the fifth and sixth ends to keep the Canadians ahead, by 7-5.
Canada then scored two in the seventh end to extend their lead to 9-5. They then sealed their place in the final with a steal of two more points in the eighth end, for an 11-5 win.
Sweden opened the scoring in their semi-final against Czech Republic with one point, but the Czechs then scored four in the second end.
Sweden blanked the third end. Then, in the fourth, their skip Mats Wranaa had a draw for three to level the score at 4-4.
The Swedes nudged ahead with a single-point steal in the fifth end for a 5-4 lead.
However, the lead changed hands again in the sixth end when Czech Republic scored three points for a 7-5 score-line in their favour.
Sweden scored one point in the seventh, to reduce the Czech lead to 7-6. One point for the Czechs in the eighth end was enough to give them an 8-6 win.
In the women’s championship, United States beat Canada by 4-3 in their Qualification game, while Switzerland beat Ireland by 8-5 in the other Qualification game.
This meant that United States faced Finland in the semi-finals, while Switzerland were up against Scotland.
After Finland opened the scoring with one point against United States, the Americans scored three in the second.
Then, in the third, the Americans stole one point to build a 4-1 lead.
Finland pulled one point back in the fourth end, to make the score 4-2 to the Americans at the break.
Finland stole one point in the fifth end, then the Americans responded with two in the sixth to move onto a 6-3 lead.
Finland scored one point again in the seventh end, to reduce the American lead to 6-4.
However, United Sates came back with a score of two in the eighth end to win by 8-4 and book their place in the Gold medal game.
Switzerland scored two in the third and stole two more in the fourth end in their semi-final against Scotland, making the half-time result 4-2.
Switzerland added to their score with a single steal in the fifth, for 5-2.
The Scots scored two in the sixth end to cut the Swiss lead to one point, at 5-4.
Switzerland then put one point on the board in the seventh end to move their lead to 6-4.
In the eighth, Scotland scored two points to level the game at 6-6 and force an extra end.
In that tense extra end Switzerland eventually scored the one point that gave them the 7-6 win and qualification to the Gold medal final against United States.
All the results of the championships can be found here.
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