Day 2 Evening Roundup
March 30, 2013
Norway joined Germany at the top of the table as they remain unbeaten with a three-win record after their victory over the Czech Republic by 9-5 in Sunday evening's fifth session of round-robin play at the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014, presented by Ford of Canada, in Beijing.
This was Norway's second win of the day while for the Czech Republic, it was the second loss of the day.
Norway took control early on, scoring one point in the opening end and then stealing three points in the second end for 4-0.
A further score of four points in the fifth end put the Norwegians firmly in charge on the way to their win.
After this game, Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud said: “This is good for team Norway. Usually we are slow starters. Everybody is finding this ice a little bit tricky but it’s working out good for us."
Both Scotland and Denmark were still looking for their first wins when they came onto the ice for this session, Scotland facing Japan and Denmark up against Switzerland.
The Danes game against Switzerland was tight all the way and was only decided in an extra end when Swiss fourth player Benoit Schwartz drew near the button and inside a Danish stone to score the one point needed for a 6-5 win.
As in both their previous games, Scotland gave their opponents the early advantage, as Japan took two points in the first end.
After this Japan scored one point in the fifth end and then stole two points in the sixth end for a 6-2 lead. Japan then scored three points in the ninth end for a 9-4 score-line that saw the Scots concede.
After this Japan lead Kosuke Morozumi said: “We’re feeling good right now. Tonight we played really good, better than this afternoon. We are aiming to qualify for the play-offs, we just have to keep it going.”
In the fourth game of this session, Canada got back to winning ways after their afternoon defeat, beating China by 9-6.
The sixth end proved crucial as Canada took a steal of three points that saw them take the lead for the first time in the game, at 6-3.
They then went on to win by 9-6 and afterwards Canada skip Kevin Koe said: "That’s big. I mean, you don’t want to get 1-2 this early in the week. It’ll be a long week, for sure."
Session 5: Czech Republic 5, Norway 9; Denmark 5, Switzerland 6 (extra end); Japan 9, Scotland 4; China 6, Canada 9.
After 5 sessions of play:
1. Germany 3-0
1. Norway 3-0
3. Canada 2-1
3. Japan 2-1
3. Switzerland 2-1
3. Sweden 2-1
7. China 1-2
7. Czech Republic 1-2
7. Russia 1-2
7. USA 1-2
11. Denmark 0-3
11. Scotland 0-3
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