Day 6 Evening Roundup

Sweden's Kristian Lindstroem helped his team win and earn themselves a tie-breaker against Japan Photo: WCF/CĂ©line Stucki

Switzerland joined Norway and Canada in qualifying for the Page Play-offs while Sweden and Japan will play in a tie-breaker for the last remaining play-off spot following the conclusion of the round-robin at the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014, presented by Ford of Canada.

In this session of play at the Beijing Capital Gymnasium in China, Switzerland faced the USA knowing that a win would put them into the play-offs.

In the sixth end of this game, their fourth player Benoit Schwarz played a tap-up raise on one of his own stones to score three points and take a 5-2 lead.

In the eighth end, he scored a further two points with a hit on a USA stone, for a 7-3 lead on the way to an 8-5 win.

This secured third place overall for the Swiss, who now play the winner of the tie-breaker between Sweden and Japan in the Page three versus four play-off game on Friday night at 19:00 (CST).

With the play-off position now achieved, Swiss skip Peter De Cruz said: "We feel awesome, really, really good. We came into this week thinking we could qualify for the play-offs if we played well enough. Tonight we really, really wanted to win. We just concentrated on the performance. We played better than them and we deserved to win.”

In the ninth end of what was a winner-takes-all game between China and Sweden, China's skip Rui Liu could only score two points with a take-out when he couldn't keep his own stone in the house reducing the Swedish lead to 6-4.

In the tenth end, Swedish skip Oskar Eriksson took out the last threatening Chinese stone to win by 6-5 and put his team into a tie-breaker game against Japan which will be played on Friday morning at 09:00 (CST). Meanwhile hosts China finished sixth overall.

After this win, Sweden skip Oskar Eriksson said: “The play-offs is the goal for us and we’re nearly there. We feel confident and we’re really close now.”

Russia played the Czech Republic and in the ninth end of this game, Czech skip Jiri Snitil hit out a Russian stone to score four points and take a 10-6 win, a result that ranks the Czechs in seventh place overall, while Russia finished eleventh.

Scotland faced Germany in the fourth game of this session and, in the third end, Germany made a decisive break-away when their fourth player Felix Schulze was able to draw his final stone into the house to score five points and take a 6-1 lead.

He built on that with a further score of two points in the sixth end, for 8-3, and finally won in the seventh end with a score-line of 10-3.

This result means that Germany finished eighth overall and Scotland were ninth.

Immediately after this game, German skip John Jahr, who had returned to action this season to lead a strong German campaign that included qualifying for the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, announced his retirement.

The Page Play-offs begin on Friday night. This system sees the top two ranked teams from the round-robin face each other on Saturday morning at 11:00 (all times local - CST), with the winner of that game going direct to the gold medal game.

The loser of that game is given a second chance by playing a semi-final on Saturday evening at 16:00 against the winner of the play-off between the teams ranked third and fourth which will take place on Friday evening at 19:00.

The winner of that sole semi-final goes onto the final to play for gold or silver on Sunday at 15:00, and the loser faces the loser of the three versus four Page play-off for the bronze medals, again on Sunday but at 10:00.

RESULTS
Session 17:
Russia 6, Czech Republic 10; China 5, Sweden 6; Switzerland 8, USA 5; Scotland 3, Germany 10.

STANDINGS
After round-robin:

1. Norway 10- 1 (To play Canada in Page 1v2 Play-off)
2. Canada 8-3 (To play Norway in Page 1v2 Play-off)
3. Switzerland 7-4 (To play winner of tie-breaker in Page 3v4 Play-off)
4. Sweden 7-4 (To play Japan in tie-breaker)
4. Japan 7-4 (To play Sweden in tie-breaker)
6. China 6-5
7. Czech Republic 6-5
8. Germany 5-6
9. Scotland 3-8
10. USA 3-8
11. Russia 2-9
12. Denmark 2-9

SCHEDULE (all times local CST)

Friday 4 April
09:00 - Tie-breaker:
Sweden v Japan
19:00 - 3v4 Play-off: Switzerland v winner of tie-breaker

Saturday 5 April
11:00 - 1v2 Play-off:
Norway v Canada
16:00 - Semi-final: Loser of 1v2 v winner of 3v4

Sunday 6 April
10:00 Bronze Medal Game
15:00 Gold Medal Game


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

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