Day 6 Early Roundup

Canada and Norway qualified for the Page 1v2 Play-off Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Norway and Canada will go head to head in the Page 1v2 Play-off as they concluded their final round-robin games with two wins each in the CPT World Men’s Curling Championship 2014, presented by Ford of Canada.

Both teams won their morning and afternoon session games in Beijing’s Capital Gymnasium in China, guaranteeing them the top two spots in the standings before Thursday evening’s 17th and final session of round-robin play.

In the first session of the day, Canada faced Germany and, in the second end, disaster struck Germany as their fourth player Felix Schulze crashed his last stone on a guard on its way into the house to hand Canada a steal of four points for a 5-0 lead.

Canada piled on the pressure in the fourth end when their skip Kevin Koe drew his last stone into the house to score another four points for a 9-1 lead.

The Canadians eventually won by 11-5 to keep their Play-off hopes on course.

Afterwards, Canadian skip Kevin Koe spoke about the second end, saying: "We made a good shot in two to put the pressure on him, and it was a hard shot and he just missed. That was obviously the big point in the game."

The Canadians then faced Scotland, who are out of play-off contention, in their last round-robin game in the afternoon session.

After a tight first half, Canada skip Kevin Koe drew his final stone of the sixth end into the house to score two points and take a clear lead - at 4-2 - for the first time in the game.

Eventually Canada won by 7-5 to seal their place in second position in the standings which guarantees them a place in the Page 1v2 Play-off against Norway.

After this game, Koe said: "It seems like all of our games, either we’ve won easy or lost easy. So it’s good for us to have a battle, tied up or close the whole way through, and to pull it out with a shot in the tenth feels good."
Norway also concluded their round-robin programme in the afternoon session, with an extra end 7-6 win over Switzerland.

Before that, they had faced the USA. Norway had gone into this as table-toppers, already qualified for the medal games. They stamped their authority on the game in the second end when their skip Thomas Ulsrud drew his final stone into the house to score three points and take a 3-1 lead.

In the sixth end, Ulsrud had another draw, this time scoring two points for a 5-3 lead. They eventually won the game by 6-4 to secure top spot in the standings and a place in the Page 1v2 play-off game, handing them two chances to reach the final.

After the game against Switzerland, Ulsrud said: “We won, so we're happy with the win, but this was not our best game." Reflecting on his position in the Page 1v2 Play-off he added: "Now, we've got two chances to go to the final. I've never been world champion, so that's my dream."

Japan played in both of these sessions and suffered losses both times, going down by 4-11 to Sweden and then by 4-6 to China.

These games concluded Japan's round-robin and they now have to wait for the results in the evening session to discover whether they go straight to the Page play-offs or are involved in a tie-breaker.

After his team's win against Japan, Sweden skip Oskar Eriksson said: "That was a really important win, to stay alive for the Play-offs. We had to beat them and hope they lose to China and for sure, win our last game against China – then at least we have a tie-breaker. We’ve been playing a bit more aggressive in the last three games and it’s beginning to pay off now."

After China's victory against Japan - a result that keeps their Play-off hopes alive, skip Rui Liu said: “We made big progress in this game. Winning was a big step. Everyone did their best – we showed today just how well we can play. We have another very important game tonight, everyone in the team will be trying their best to win.”

Denmark suffered two narrow losses as they finished off their round-robin campaign - by 5-6 to Russia and then by 7-8 to the Czech Republic.

These results mean that the Danes will - at best - share bottom spot on the rankings.

RESULTS
Session 15:
USA 4, Norway 6; Germany 5, Canada 11; Denmark 5, Russia 6; Sweden 11, Japan 4.

Session 16: Scotland 5, Canada 7; Norway 7, Switzerland 6 (extra end); Japan 4, China 6; Czech Republic 8, Denmark 7.

STANDINGS
After 16 sessions of play:

1. Norway 10-1 (To play Canada in Page 1v2 Play-off)
2. Canada 8-3 (To play Norway in Page 1-2 Play-off)
3. Japan 7-4
4. China 6-4
4. Switzerland 6-4
4. Sweden 6-4
7. Czech Republic 5-5
8. Germany 4-6
9. Scotland 3-7
9. USA 3-7
11. Russia 2-8
12. Denmark 2-9

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Beijing. WCF Broadcast Partners for the event include CCTV in China, Eurosport in Europe, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil, TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec). http://wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/schedule

In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

NOTE: Rankings are determined by rule C9 of the World Curling Federation's ‘The Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition’. Details can be obtained at www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations

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