April 5, 2014
Sweden beat Canada 10-8 in Saturday afternoon's sole semi-final of the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014, presented by Ford of Canada, and now go on to face Norway in Sunday afternoon's gold medal game in Beijing's Capital Gymnasium in China.
As a result of their loss, Canada will now face Switzerland for the bronze medals on Sunday morning.
In this game, Canada had last stone in the first end and used it to their advantage as skip Kevin Koe tapped out two Swedish stones to open with a 2-0 lead.
In the second end, Sweden's skip Oskar Eriksson had a hit and stay with his last stone to score four points and take a 4-2 lead.
The teams swapped single points in the third and fourth ends, and, in the fifth end, Canada hit and rolled out to score just one point instead of the two they were looking for. Even at that, they reduced Sweden to a one point lead, at 5-4.
In the sixth end, after Canada were heavy with their last stone, Eriksson was able to draw his own last stone into the house to score three points and take an 8-4 lead.
Canada reduced the deficit in the seventh end when their skip Koe played a hit and stay to score two points and reduce Sweden's lead to 8-6.
In the eighth end, Canada crept closer when Sweden could only remove one Canadian stone to give up a steal of one point and have their lead reduced to just one point, at 8-7.
In the ninth end, Eriksson played two well-judged draw shots to eventually score two points for a 10-7 lead.
Sweden then ran Canada out of stones in the tenth end, with Canada having a consolation point through a stone already sitting in the house, for 10-8 when the teams shook hands.
This result lets Sweden claim the win and take their place in the gold medal final, and, for Eriksson, who was alternate on last year's championship team led by Niklas Edin, this will be a second successive gold medal game.
Afterwards, Sweden skip Oskar Eriksson said: “It feels so good – it’s such an awesome feeling, I can’t describe it.”
Looking back on the score of four in the second end, he said: “I was a little bit nervous, but we felt confident with the in-turn. I played it a bit harder and let the sweepers hold it.”
Looking forward to defending the title that Sweden currently hold, he said: "We just need to play like we played today and the last five or six games. I think we’ve done really, really well so far to get to the final in our first World Championship. If we can defend the title it would mean everything to us.”
Meanwhile Canada’s second player Carter Rycroft said: “I'm a little devastated right now. I don't know what it was, if it was a lack of confidence on our part. But we missed way too many shots."
His skip, Kevin Koe, added: "It was a bad day. We played pretty decent for the most part, but big misses at the wrong time will obviously kill you in the big games."
Looking forward to the bronze game, he added: “We'll try our hardest to win. It'll be hard, we're disappointed - we came here thinking we'd be in that gold-medal game. But we'll be here in the morning and we'll be trying to win a medal."
Semi-final: Sweden 10, Canada 8.
Norway (To play Sweden in gold medal game)
Sweden (To play Norway in gold medal game)
Canada (To play Switzerland in bronze medal game)
Switzerland (To play Canada in bronze medal game)
7. Czech Republic
SCHEDULE (all times local CST)
Sunday 6 April
10:00 Bronze Medal Game: Canada v Switzerland
15:00 Gold Medal Game: Norway v Sweden
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