Day 3 Early Roundup
March 31, 2014
After Monday afternoon's seventh session of round-robin play in the CPT World Men's Curling Championship, presented by Ford of Canada, Norway stand alone as the only unbeaten team at the top of the standings on four wins.
Playing in Beijing's Capital Gymnasium in China, Norway kept their record going by beating Sweden 6-3.
They sealed their win when skip Thomas Ulsrud scored one point in the ninth end with a draw-shot, after which Sweden conceded.
Germany had gone into Monday's play undefeated as joint leaders with Norway, but they lost their sixth session game 9-4 to Denmark and then suffered another heavy defeat - by 8-3 - at the hands of the USA in the afternoon session of play.
For Denmark, the win against Germany was their first victory and about this skip Rasmus Stjerne said: “It's been a rough start. We knew we needed to show ourselves that we're still decent curlers and give ourselves a chance to stay in the competition."
For his part, USA skip Pete Fenson commented on his team's win against Germany. He said: "We made a series of shots in a row today, unlike some of the other games where we’d make one and then miss one, make two and miss one. We strung together a series of good shots, put some pressure on them."
Before their win against Germany, USA had lost to Japan, by 5-9. In this game, the USA started strongly and were 3-0 up after two ends.
In the fourth end Japan got themselves onto the scoreboard when their skip Yusuke Morozumi played a draw-shot for two points to reduce the USA lead to 3-2.
By the time the game reached the ninth end the tables had turned and Morozumi's draw for another two points gave Japan a 6-5 lead.
Japan then went on to win by 9-5. After this game, Japan's lead player Kosuke Morozumi said: "That was good for us. I think three wins is a record for Japan, a tied record, so we want one or two more. We're confident about that.”
Canada played Russia in the sixth session and this was a one-sided affair that the Canadians finished with a flourish.
In the seventh end, their skip Kevin Koe hit out a Russian stone to score five points from the end and complete a 9-1 victory.
Afterwards, Koe said: "We played pretty good and we’re happy to be on three wins."
The Russians then came back onto the ice to play Sweden in the seventh session. This game eventually went into an extra end and, with the last stone of that end, Swedish skip Oskar Eriksson hit out a Russian stone to score one point and win the game by 7-6.
Afterwards, Swedish skip Eriksson said: “It was close. They are a good team, they played in the Olympics and played great there so we knew we had to play well."
The Czech Republic faced hosts China in the seventh session, in what was a tight game that went all the way to the last stone.
Chinese skip Rui Liu had a short raise take-out in the second end to open the scoring with two points.
Then, in the seventh end, Czech skip Jiri Snitil played a split raise to promote his own stone while taking out a Chinese stone at the same time, to score three points and reduce China's lead to 5-4.
This game eventually ended at 6-5 for China and after his win, China skip Rui Liu said: “This was a game we believed we could win and we did. In the first half we performed well but then, in the second half, we had some faults which is why the score was very close in the end.”
The fourth game of the seventh session saw Switzerland face Scotland, with the Scots still looking for their first win. They eventually achieved that with an extra end 10-9 victory.
In the tenth end of this game, Scotland scored three points to force the extra end when the last stone of Swiss fourth player Benoit Schwarz picked up some debris, allowing Scotland back in, to go on and steal a single point in the extra end for their win.
Speaking about what he conceded was a lucky win, Scottish skip Ewan MacDonald said: "When you get a little break like that, you've got to take it, and thankfully we did."
Session 6: USA 5, Japan 9; Norway 6, Sweden 3; Canada 9, Russia 1; Denmark 9, Germany 4.
Session 7: Russia 6, Sweden 7 (extra end); Czech Republic 5, China 6; USA 8, Germany 3; Switzerland 9, Scotland 10 (extra end).
After 7 sessions of play:
1. Norway 4-0
2. Canada 3-1
2. Japan 3-1
4. Germany 3-2
4. Sweden 3-2
6. China 2-2
6. Switzerland 2-2
8. USA 2-3
9. Czech Republic 1-3
9. Denmark 1-3
9. Scotland 1-3
12. Russia 1-4.
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