Day 5 Evening Roundup
April 2, 2014
Norway became the first team to qualify for the Page Play-offs at the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014, presented by Ford of Canada, after they defeated Russia 11-2 in Wednesday evening's fourteenth session of round-robin play in Beijing’s Capital Gymnasium in China.
In the first end of this game, Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud hit out a Russian stone to open the scoring with three points.
In the third end, he had another hit, to score five points for an 8-1 lead on his way to an 11-2 win in just six ends.
This win keeps Norway in a clear lead at the top of the table with eight wins and one loss guaranteeing them a place in the Page Play-offs.
After the game, Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud said: “It was a good game. We’re happy with the win - we’re aiming for the 1v2 Page (Play-off). We need to keep this going, we’re on a roll, now we just need to keep it up.”
Behind Norway, Japan moved into clear second place, thanks to their 8-7 win over Germany and Canada losing 2-6 to Sweden.
In the game against Germany, Japan trailed for the first half and only levelled the score at 4-4 in the sixth end.
They then stole two points in the seventh end to take the lead for the first time, at 6-4.
Germany fought back, scoring one point in the eighth end and then stole two points in the ninth end for a 7-6 lead when Japan’s skip Yusuke Morozumi was light with his final draw.
Morozumi made no mistake in the tenth end, drawing his final stone around guards to score two points and take an 8-7 win.
After his team's win, their lead player Kosuke Morozumi said: "The biggest thing there, was the steal of two in the seventh end, we played good and that's why we won."
Speaking more generally, he added: "Before we started we wanted to be halfway up the table, but now we have a chance to come first or perhaps not qualify (for the Play-offs), so we just want to win tomorrow again."
Sweden took their game to Canada from the off, scoring one point in the first end and then stealing a single point in the second end for a 2-0 lead.
Canada then got on the scoreboard with a single point in the third end, but after this it was virtually all one-way traffic for Sweden.
They scored one point in the fourth, then had single point steals in both the fifth and sixth ends for a 5-1 lead.
Canada blanked the seventh end and then scored a single point in the eighth to reduce Sweden's lead to 5-2.
A further single point to Sweden in the ninth end for 6-2 was enough to persuade Canada to concede.
After this win, which keeps Sweden very much in the medal hunt, their skip Oskar Erikkson said: “That win was huge. We lost to Switzerland this morning so we had to win this to stay in the race. We made some big shots – I made an important double in the second end to stay alive or else we would lose four. We played really good after that. Our goal is to get into the play-offs and finish off with a medal.”
The fourth game of this session - between Denmark and the USA - went to an extra end before USA emerged as 6-5 winners.
Speaking after this win, USA's lead player Ryan Brunt said: "Pete (skip Pete Fenson) made a couple of really nice draws in six and seven and then we stole a couple and got our momentum back."
Session 14: Japan 8, Germany 7; Denmark 5, USA 6 (extra end); Sweden 6, Canada 2; Norway 11, Russia 2.
After 14 sessions of play:
1. Norway 8-1 (Qualified for Page Play-offs)
2. Japan 7-2
3. Canada 6-3
3. Switzerland 6-3
5. China 5-4
5. Sweden 5-4
7. Czech Republic 4-5
7. Germany 4-5
9. Scotland 3-6
9. USA 3-6
11. Denmark 2-7
12. Russia 1-8
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