Day 3 Evening Roundup
March 31, 2014
Norway disappointed a large home crowd when they beat hosts China by 5-3 in Monday evening's eighth session of round-robin play in the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014, presented by Ford of Canada, in Beijing.
This result stretched Norway’s unbeaten record to five games and kept them alone at the top of the standings.
It was China who had the early lead but in the fourth end, Norway's skip Thomas Ulsrud drew to score one point and level the score at 1-1.
By the eighth end, Norway had built up a lead, but China skip Rui Liu played a draw into the house to score two points and reduce the Norwegian lead to 4-3. After this Norway stayed in front, to win by 5-3.
Afterwards, Norway skip Thoma Ulsrud said: “It was fun, we are really enjoying ourselves. There was a good crowd here tonight. We tried to get them into the game and they responded well."
Canada's 10-6 win over the Czech Republic keeps them in second place behind Norway, with just one loss earlier in the week.
This game was tight all the way. With the score tied at 6-6, Czech skip Jiri Snitil was facing four Canadian stones when he played his last, but it stopped well short of the target when it picked up some debris under its running band and slowed to a premature halt, allowing Canada to steal four points and win by 10-6.
After his good fortune, Canadian skip Kevin Koe said: "That ninth end was real unfortunate for them, but we were stealing one at worst. We would have been one up coming home and it would have been anybody’s ball game, but this was a big one."
Switzerland faced Japan and in the sixth end of this game Japan's skip Yusuke Morozumi played a draw-shot to score two points that reduced Switzerland's led to 6-3. However, Switzerland won the game in the seventh end when their fourth player Benoit Schwarz drew his last stone into the house to score two points and win by 8-3.
After the game, Switzerland's skip Peter De Cruz said: "I feel as though we're controlling it pretty well, and being 3-2 now is a pretty good situation."
The fourth game of this session between Denmark and Scotland was decided by a remarkable fluke.
The Scots led by 6-5 going into that end, but with his first stone of the end Denmark skip Rasmus Stjerne caught a guard and rolled through the tightest of ports into perfect position to join another Danish stone already on the button.
Scottish skip Ewan MacDonald did not have a route into these two and when his last stone drifted on, Denmark had the two points needed for a 7-6 win without having to play their last stone.
Afterwards, Stjerne was gracious about what happened, saying: “I feel really bad the way it turned out. Getting two very fortunate breaks is hard (on Scotland). We could have got it in a more curling manner, but a win is a win and we need them desperately."
Session 8: Norway 5, China 3; Switzerland 8, Japan 3; Scotland 6, Denmark 7; Canada 10, Czech Republic 6.
After 8 sessions of play:
1. Norway 5-0
2. Canada 4-1
3. Germany 3-2
3. Japan 3-2
3. Sweden 3-2
3. Switzerland 3-2
7. China 2-3
7. Denmark 2-3
7. USA 2-3
10. Czech Republic 1-4
10. Russia 1-4
10. Scotland 1-4
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