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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 4:00am

Gold Medal Final: Canada 4, Sweden 2.

In a tense game that featured four blank ends, hosts Canada beat Sweden by 4-2 in Sunday evening’s final to take gold medals and the world title.

In the third end, with the score at 1-0 to Canada, Sweden skip Niklas Edin’s was forced to draw for one and level the score at 1-1.

In the fourth end, Edin drew his last stone to just short of the button, leaving Gushue with a difficult tap- back.  Gushue’s shooter rolled on while the target Swedish stone jammed, giving Canada just one point from the end instead of the two they were looking for, to take a 2-1 lead.

Sweden had built up the fifth end but a good double take-out by Gushue with his first stone left Canada lying two.  Edin was still facing three Canadian counters when he came to play his last and he hit and stayed to score one point and level the score again at 2-2.

Canada finally made the break-through they were looking for when, in the ninth, Gushue drew his last stone into the house to score two points and take a 4-2 lead.

In the tenth end a cross-house double by Gushue took away Sweden’s chance to score two points, and when Gushue knocked out the last remaining Swedish stone with his second shot, Sweden conceded with the final score at 4-2.

Brad Gushue Celebrates Gold

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Bronze Medal Game: USA 5, Switzerland 7.

Switzerland faced the USA in Sunday afternoon’s bronze medal game and in the second end, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz drew his last stone into the house, for two points and a 2-1 lead.

In the third, USA’s John Shuster had an open draw for one point to level the game at 2-2.

In a game-changing seventh end, Schwarz played a controlled tap-back in the house to score a vital four points and take a 6-3 lead.

In the eighth end, USA’s Shuster faced two Swiss counters.  He tapped one out and nudged the other to score one.

In the tenth end, Schwarz hit out a USA stone to seal his team’s win, at 7-5 and claim the bronze medals.

All that now remains is for Canada, unbeaten so far, to play Sweden in Sunday evening’s gold medal final.

Report: Mike Haggerty
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Semi-final: Switzerland 5, Sweden 6 (extra end).

Sweden faced Switzerland in Saturday evening’s semi-final.  The winner of this game would go on to face Canada – unbeaten so far – in the gold medal final for the world title, while the loser would play USA for bronze medals.

After Sweden blanked the first end, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz played a triple take-out with his final stone of the second end to force Sweden’s skip Niklas Edin to open the scoring with a draw for just one point in the second end.

In the seventh end the score was tied at 3-3 when Sweden’s Edin played a double take-out to score two points and take a 5-3 lead.

In the next end, Switzerland’s Schwarz drew his final stone into the house to score one point and reduce Sweden’s lead to 5-4.  After blanking the ninth, Sweden’s Edin hit with his last of the tenth, but an umpire’s measure decreed that Switzerland had won that end with a single point, to tie the game at 5-5, and force an extra end.

Then, with the last stone of the extra end, Sweden’s Edin hit out a Swiss stone and kept his own in position to score the one point needed for the 6-5 victory that put his team into Sunday’s gold medal final against Canada.

Before that, Switzerland will face USA for bronze medals.

Page 3 v 4 Play-off: Switzerland 11, USA 4.

Switzerland faced USA in Saturday afternoon’s Page 3 versus 4 Play-off game, with the winner going on to face Sweden in Saturday evening’s sole semi-final, with their title hopes still alive, while the loser would go on to face the semi-final loser for bronze medals.  Meanwhile, unbeaten Canada are already assured of their place in the gold medal game.

In the opening end of the game, Switzerland’s fourth player Benoit Schwarz hit out a USA stone and kept his own in position to open the scoring with two points.

In the fourth end, with the score at 4-2, the Swiss scored two more points when USA’s skip John Shuster came up short with a draw.  This extended the Swiss lead to 6-2.

In the fifth end, Shuster was more accurate with his draw-weight as he delivered his last stone inside three Swiss counters already in the house to score one to reduce Switzerland’s half-time lead to 6-3.

In the sixth end, Switzerland’s Schwarz hit out a collection of stones with his own last to leave two undisturbed Swiss stones scoring two points.

And Schwarz finished off the game in the eighth end with another hit, removing the only USA stone in the house, to score three points from the end and seal an 11-4 win.

Page 1 v 2 Play-off: Canada 7, Sweden 4.

Canada moved directly onto Sunday’s gold medal final with a 7-4 win over Sweden in Friday evening Page 1 v 2 Play-off game.

Sweden will now face the winner of Saturday’s Page 3 v 4 Play-off between Switzerland and USA in Saturday evening’s sole semi-final.

Session 17: Scotland 7, Russia 6 (extra end).

It took all the way to a final draw of a nervy extra end, but David Murdoch’s Scotland team beat Russia by 7-6 in Thursday evening’s last round-robin session to finish sixth overall and crucially qualify Great Britain for next year’s Olympic Winter Games.

Murdoch’s team opened the scoring with a single shot in the first end, but Russia took two in the second to take the early advantage.

Murdoch then could only draw for one in the third end to level the game at 2-2 and then after scoring one in the fourth end, Russia took a 4-2 lead when Murdoch gave up a single steal in the fifth end.

A nice double take-put by Murdoch gave the Scots one shot in the sixth end to reduce Russia’s lead and then, in the seventh, Russia’s skip Alexey Stukalskiy hit but rolled out to give Scotland a steal of one that levelled the game at 4-4.  Russia recovered with a single shot in the eighth and in the ninth, Murdoch drew for two points and the lead, by 5-4 for the first time since the first end.

In the tenth end, Russia’s Stukalskiy hit out a Scottish stone and kept his own in play to level the game at 6-6 and force the extra end.

In that end, Scotland’s Michael Goodfellow delivered two perfect tick shots and eventually, after a series of freezes, Murdoch drew his final stone inside all the others to score the one point needed for the win.

A vital win over Russia

After the game, Murdoch said, “they played well and had nothing to lose.   We had a lot to lose so for us to show our character there was so important, that’s why I’m so proud of the guys.  It was one of those games where you think you’re never going to get in front.”

He added, “that was about getting a job done. To be honest, I’m feeling disappointed – I don’t come to these Championships not to get a medal, that’s annoying for me, that’s annoying for this team.  We know we’re better than that.”

And speaking about Olympic qualification, he added, “it’s massive – for me especially, I signed on for a quadrennial and my dream is to try to go to the Olympics.  Whether I get there or not… the fact that we’ve qualified for Team GB is amazing.  It’s great for the programme, it’s great for the country and we’ll see where we go from here.”

RESULTS.

Session 17: Scotland 7, Russia 6 (extra end): Sweden 8, Netherlands 2; Norway 4, Canada 8; Japan 2, China 9.

Final Standings: Canada won 11, lost 0; Sweden 9-2; Switzerland, USA 8-3; China, Scotland 6-5; Japan, Norway 5-6; Italy 4-7; Germany 34-8; Netherlands 1-10; Russia 0-11.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 16: Germany 1, Scotland 7.

David Murdoch’s men faced Germany for their second-last round-robin game knowing they were out of the Play-offs, but also knowing they were still fighting for Olympic qualification points.

They started with last stone advantage and, after blanking the first two ends Murdoch played a tap-out on a German stone and kept his own stone in position to open the scoring in the game with two shots.

Germany could only score one in the fourth end and then Murdoch blanked again, in the fifth end.  The Scots were forced to hit and stay for one in the sixth end and then it was Germany’s turn to blank, in the seventh end.  The eighth end was looking likely to be another blank but this time German skip Alexander Baumann just feathered the lying Scottish stone with his attempted peel to leave it still lying in the house, giving Scotland a steal of one shot for 4-1.   Germany were forced to chase after this, and when they gave up a steal of three in the ninth end, they conceded.

…still work to do for David Murdoch and his team…

After this game, Murdoch said, “we controlled that game from start to finish. We were super-motivated, we were really clinical in our execution and we forced a bit of pressure.  The turning point was the eighth end where we make a really tough double when they were looking for two.  It was really nice to make that one.”

More generally, he added, “we know we’re out of the Play-offs and that’s frustrating but for us it’s a win and now we need to finish strongly.  We Have to finish our jobs tonight and then see where we are.”

The Scots now face Russia, who have yet to win a game, in their last round-robin game on Thursday night as they battle to gain enough points to qualify Great Britain directly for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

RESULTS.

Session 16: Switzerland 5, China 8; Norway 7, Italy 5; USA 7, Sweden 3; Germany 1, Scotland 7.

Standings after 16 sessions: Canada won 10, lost 0; Sweden 8-2; Switzerland, USA 8-3; China, Japan, Norway, Scotland 5-5; Italy 4-7; Germany 3-8; Netherlands 1-9, Russia 0-10.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 15

The Scottish men sat out Thursday morning’s third-last round-robin session, but the results in this session put paid to their slim Play-off hopes.  The teams that will contest the Page Play-off s games are: unbeaten Canada, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

The Scots now face Germany on Thursday afternoon and then, finally, Russia on Thursday evening, looking for two wins to boost their Olympic Qualification points tally.

RESULTS.

Session 15: USA 6, Netherlands 5; Russia 7, Germany 9; Japan 5, Switzerland 6; Canada 9, Italy 2.

Standings after 15 sessions: Canada won 10, lost 0; Sweden 8-1; Switzerland 8-2; USA 7-3; Japan 5-5; China, Norway, Scotland 4-5; Italy 4-6; Germany 3-7; Netherlands 1-9; Russia 0-10.

Session 14: Italy 2, Scotland  6.

Scotland kept their slim Play-off hopes alive with their 6-2 win over Italy on Wednesday evening.

The Scots opened with a score of two in the first end and then Italy blanked the second end.  The Italians got onto the scoreboard in the third end with a single shot and then, in the fourth Scottish skip David Murdoch was facing three Italian counters as he came to play his last stone of the fourth.  He could only get inside two of these with his draw to give up a steal of one that levelled the game at 2-2.

Murdoch found himself drawing against three again in the fifth end, but this time he made it to score one and take a 3-2 lead into the break.

In the sixth end, Italy’s fourth player Amos Mosaner was heavy with his final draw to give Scotland a steal of one and then in the seventh, Mosaner missed a cross-house double attempt to give Scotland another single steal and a 5-2 lead.

Italy blanked the eighth end and then, in the ninth, Mosaner’s hit rolled too far to give Scotland another single steal, after which Italy conceded, with a final score of 6-2.

Scotland lead Michael Goodfellow and second Scott Andrews in action

After this fourth win of the week, Murdoch said, “in some ways that was not a lot different from what we’ve been doing all week.  We made a lot of nice shots, got a two and got ahead of the game.  Unfortunately, we gave up a tiny steal – that was a minor blip but I felt we controlled the rest of the game.”

He added, “we’ve been saying we’re not doing much wrong so for us it was just ‘come out and play our normal game’.  So, that’s one of the wins we need.  We need to win our two games tomorrow and if we can do that we’ll see where we end up.”

The Scots face Germany and then Russia in Thursday’s final round-robin sessions.

RESULTS

Session 14: Norway 8, Germany 7 (extra end); China 2, USA 6; Italy 2, Scotland 6; Switzerland 4, Sweden 10.

Standings after 14 sessions: Canada won 9, lost 0; Sweden 8-1; Switzerland 7-2; USA 6-3; Japan 5-4; China, Italy, Norway, Scotland 4-5; Germany 2-7; Netherlands 1-8; Russia 0-9.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 13

The Scottish men sat out Wednesday afternoon’s round-robin session and return to the ice on Wednesday evening to face Italy.

RESULTS.
Session 13: Canada 10, Japan 2; Italy 4, Switzerland 6; Netherlands 6, Russia 4; USA 8, Germany 5.

Standings after 13 sessions: Canada won 9, lost 0 (Q); Switzerland, Sweden 7-1; USA 5-34; Japan 5-4; China, Italy 4-4; Norway, Scotland 3-5; Germany 2-6; Netherlands 1-8; Russia 0-9.

Session 12: Sweden 6, Scotland 4.

Scotland went down to their fifth loss of the week, by 4-6 to Sweden, a result that almost certainly puts a play-off place beyond them.

Sweden opened with the hammer and scored one in the first end.  The Scots got themselves into a mess as they were clearing guards in the second end and eventually had to make a tough shot to give up just a single steal.

The Scots got onto the scoreboard with a single shot in the third end but in the fourth, Sweden edged ahead when their skip Niklas Edin scored two with a nose-hit for a 4-1 lead.

In the fifth end Scotland’s David Murdoch hit out a Swedish stone to score one and then, after the break, the scots had a steal of one when, facing two Scottish counters, Edin was light with his draw.  The Swedes were forced to hit for one shot in the seventh end for a 5-3 lead and in the eighth, Murdoch’s last hit did not roll, meaning he had to settle for another single shot.

The Swedes were able to blank the ninth end and then, in the tenth, Murdoch’s draw to the front of the eight-foot ring travelled just too far, giving Edin an open hit for one shot and the game, at 6-4.

Scotland’s front end Scott Andrews and Michael; Goodfellow

After this loss, Murdoch said, “that’s the story of the week, it’s a bit frustrating.  If those guys get ahead of you they’re tough to beat, but we hung in there and got back in the game.”

Speaking about the tenth end, he said, “we really wanted him to draw in the last but we were half-an-inch deep with the over-sweep, otherwise he’s drawing against three on some really sludgy ice that he’s not had a draw on for a long time – we might have stood a chance.”

He was gracious in defeat too, saying, “those guys have got their shooting boots on this week and they made a lot of nice doubles and nice peels.”

More generally, he added, “we’re battling hard.  We’re doing a lot of good things, but when you’re not getting the breaks, you’re not getting the breaks – it’s turned into one of those weeks.  We’ve got three games now and we need to win all three.  If we do that, we’ll drag ourselves up, but realistically that’s probably us out now.”

The Scots now face Italy on Wednesday evening.

RESULTS.

Session 11: Germany 2, Canada 8; USA 7, Japan 6; Russia 5, Italy 9; Netherlands 6, Switzerland 9.

Session 12: Sweden 6, Scotland 4; Netherlands 3, Canada 8; China 7, Norway 6 (extra end): Russia 4, Japan 12.

Standings after 12 sessions: Canada won 8, lost 0; Sweden 7-1; Switzerland 6-1; Japan 5-3; Italy, USA 4-3; China 4-4; Norway, Scotland 3-5; Germany 2-5; Netherlands, Russia 0-8.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 10: Scotland 9, Netherlands 5.

The Scottish men got back into winning ways with a comfortable 9-5 victory over the Netherlands on Tuesday afternoon.

David Murdoch’s team opened well, scoring two in the first end, but the Dutch responded, scoring one in the second and then stealing another single in the third end to level the score at 2-2.

The Scots then scored two in the fourth end to move ahead again, and a single score by the Dutch in the fifth end gave Scotland a 4-3 lead going into the break.

The second half saw an even stronger performance by the Scots.  Murdoch hit out a Netherlands stone to score two in the sixth end and then the Scots set the seventh end up well, with stones positioned around the house. The Netherlands’ skip Jaap Van Dorp then came up short with his final draw to hand Scotland a steal of two and an 8-3 lead.

Van Dorp was able to draw successfully in the eighth end, scoring two to reduce Scotland’s lead to 8-5, but a draw by Murdoch in the ninth for one shot was enough to convince the Dutch team to concede, at 9-5.

David Murdoch “we’ve got to keep winning”

After the game, Murdoch said, “I’m still disappointed that we lost this morning, so we were taking out our frustration on the Dutch a bit there.  We’ve been playing good and we just didn’t quite get the breaks against the Swiss and China.  For us, we’ve just got to keep churning out some wins to try to drag ourselves up the table.  All we know is – we’ve got to keep winning.”

He added, “the only game we didn’t perform in was against Canada, other than that, we’ve played pretty solid and every team has played extremely well – that’s the standard of the tournament.  We need to raise our game to another gear.”

Meanwhile, Netherlands’ third player Wouter Gösgens said, “it’s hard to pinpoint why we lost. It came down to one end that didn’t go our way. We showed our fighting spirit and got back in the game. We pushed them to the ninth end and made them work for their win. We wanted to attack them, unfortunately it didn’t result in a win, but we did gain a lot of experience.”

This result moves the Scots onto joint seventh on the rankings, along with China and Norway, and just one win behind Japan, who sit in the key fourth slot.

They now sit out the Tuesday evening session and play Sweden and then Italy on Wednesday.

RESULTS.

Session 10: Japan 9, Norway 7; Canada 9, China 4; Scotland 9, Netherlands 5; Sweden 10, Russia 5.

Standings after 10 sessions: Canada won 6, lost 0; Sweden 6-1; Switzerland 5-1; Japan 4-2; Italy, USA 3-3; China, Norway, Scotland 3-4; Germany 2-4; Netherlands, Russia 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 9: Switzerland 6, Scotland 5.

The Scottish men lost yet another tight game, going down by 5-6 to Switzerland on Tuesday morning, a result that puts their qualification hopes in real jeopardy.

The teams swapped singles in the first two ends and then Switzerland made the first break-through with a score of two in the third end.  But the Scots levelled with a two of their own in the fourth when skip David Murdoch came in off a winger to tap out a Swiss stone in the four-foot ring.

Switzerland then blanked the fifth end before a good take-out by Murdoch forced them to take one in the sixth.

It was then Scotland’s turn to blank in both the seventh and eighth ends and then Murdoch played a delicate tap-back to score two and take the lead for the first time, at 5-4.  In the tenth, with a cluster sitting around the button, Murdoch’s attempted multiple promote came in at the wrong angle, giving Switzerland two from the end and a 6-5 win without them having to play their last stone.

A fourth loss for Scotland after a tight game against Switzerland

Afterwards, Murdoch said, “I thought we were the better team in the second half and controlled the game.  We made a real nice two in nine and we had a great opportunity right at the end but we were literally half an inch out with the double.”

Reviewing his team’s current position in joint ninth, he added, “we need to get more wins on the board that’s for sure.  All we can do is keep turning up and playing some good curling.  That was good curling there again but to be fair to those guys, they played really well as well.  That was another tight, high-standard game.  It’d be nice to get some breaks but all we can do is keep forcing and putting them under pressure.”

The Scottish men now face a Dutch team still looking for their first win on Tuesday afternoon.

RESULTS.

Session 8: Russia 2, Switzerland 8; Germany 4, Japan 7; Canada 8, USA 2; Italy 13, Netherlands 6.

Session 9: Sweden 8, Italy 2; Switzerland 6, Scotland 5; Germany 6, China 5; Norway 3, USA 9.

Standings after 9 sessions: Canada won 5, lost 0; Sweden, Switzerland 5-1; Japan 3-2; China, Italy, Norway, USA 3-3; Germany, Scotland 2-4; Netherlands, Russia 0-6.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 7: Scotland 2, Canada 8.

David Murdoch’s team suffered their third defeat so far, going down by 2-8 in Monday afternoon’s seventh round-robin session.

Canada dominated throughout, hitting out for two shots in the first end and then, after David Murdoch could only draw for one in the second, Canada’s Brad Gushue added two more in the third with an open draw. In the fourth end, Murdoch was heavy and wide with his last stone to give up a steal of two more for a Canadian lead of 6-1.

The teams swapped singles in ends five and six and then, in the seventh, when Gushue drew his final stone into the eight-foot to score one, the Scots conceded, at 2-8.

A bad day for Team Scotland

After this disappointment, Murdoch said, “we started without hammer and they got two on the board and that’s always hard against one of the best teams in the world.  We struggled with the rocks and we just didn’t place them in the right positions early on, so they were on the front foot.”

He added, “you get good days and bad days, so you get used to that as curlers.  We’ve had a bad day and before that we had a good day, the way the week is going we should have a good day tomorrow!”

Meanwhile, Canada’s Gushue said, “I thought our team played really well and kept a bit of pressure on David and got a couple of misses out of him. I’m happy the game went the way it did.”

The Scottish men now face Switzerland and then the Netherlands in their Tuesday games.

RESULTS.

Session 7: Netherlands 3, China 9; Norway 5, Russia 3; Sweden 8, Japan 5; Scotland 2, Canada 8.

Standings after 7 sessions: Canada won 4, lost 0; Sweden 4-1; Switzerland 3-1; China, Norway 3-2; Italy, Japan, USA 2-2; Scotland 2-3; Germany 1-3; Netherlands, Russia 0-4.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 6: Scotland 7, China 9.

Following the earlier wins against USA and Japan that brought them back into contention, David Murdoch’s men suffered a 7-9 defeat at the hands of China in a tight game on Monday morning.

The Scots opened the scoring with a single shot in the first end, but, in the second end, China’s skip Rui Liu drew his second stone onto the button to open his scoring with two points and take a 2-1 lead, the first of several outstanding shots by the China skip.

In the third end, Murdoch played a tap-back for two and a 3-2 lead, but a draw by Liu gave his team two shots in the fourth and a 4-3 lead.  The game see-sawed all the way after this.  The Scots were forced to take just one in the fifth end to level at 4-4, but, in response the Scots forced a one out of China in the sixth end.

The Scots set up the seventh end well and Murdoch’s stone over-curled slightly meaning that the Scots could only score two in the end instead of the three they were aiming for.   A nose-hit by Liu in the eighth for two gave China a 7-6 lead and then good China play forced Scotland to take just one in the ninth end with a draw that levelled the score at 7-7.

Eventually in the tenth end Liu played a tight take-out on a Scottish stone to score two points and win the game by 9-7.

Scotland’s second player Scott Andrews suffered a loss to China along with his team-mates

After this high-standard and entertaining game, Murdoch said, “I feel we played really good and now we’ve just got to move on – he played a really nice shot to win the game.   It was a really high standard game and for us, we’ve got to take the positives from that and try to replicate it in every game now.  That’s two losses now and we can’t drop too many more if we’re looking for that top spot.  But if we play like this we’ll be in good shape for the rest of the week.”

He added, “they are a tough team and the ice was really good today – that suited both teams, so it was back and forth.”  And speaking about the crucial seventh end, he said, “if mine curls just a little more in the seventh end, then we get a three and we’re in total control of the game.  We got a little bit unlucky, but you’re talking millimetres for a three and probably winning the game.”

Looking forward Murdoch said, “It’s Canada next, so it’s going to be noisy and a lot of fun and hopefully we’ll bring out a good game.”.

That game against Canada takes place on Monday afternoon.

RESULTS.

Session 6: Italy 6, USA 8; Scotland 7, China 9; Switzerland 7, Germany 4; Sweden 8, Norway 6.

Standings after 6 sessions: Canada won 3, lost 0; Sweden, Switzerland 3-1; Japan 2-1; China, Italy, Norway, Scotland, USA 2-2; Germany 1-3; Netherlands, Russia 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 5: Japan 4, Scotland 7.

Scotland’s men dominated their game against previously unbeaten Japan on Sunday evening – a 7-4 win providing their second solid victory of the day.

Japan shared top spot with Canada and Sweden when they came on to face Scotland, but it was the Scots who opened the scoring with one shot in the first end.

In the second end of the game, Japan’s skip Yusuke Morozumi promoted one of his own stones into the house to score two points and take a 2-1 lead.

The Scots responded to this, with skip David Murdoch scoring two shots for 3-1 with a well-judged draw.  Japan levelled at 3-3 with a nose-hit in the fourth end but Murdoch produced a hit and stay for two in the fifth, to take a 5-3 lead into the break.

A good double take-out by Greg Drummond set the Scots up well in the sixth end and when Morozumi was short with his final draw, Scotland stole one and extended their lead to 6-3.

In the seventh end Morozumi played a hit and stay for one point that reduced Scotland’s lead to 6-4, but, after blanking the eighth end, Murdoch played a draw within two Japanese stones already in the house in the ninth, to score one point and take a 7-4 lead.  This remained the final score when Scotland ran Japan out of stones in the tenth end.

Two solid wins have brought the Scots right back into contention

Afterwards, Murdoch said, “we’re obviously delighted.  It’s been a tough day against USA and Japan, two teams that were in the Playoffs last year, and we came out today and played really solid.”

He added, “we controlled the game from start to finish.  We gave up a cheap two early but other than that we dominated the score-board.  That was probably as good as this afternoon.  I think we adjusted well to the ice.  The steal was the key moment and we dominated them.  Once we were two up we were looking good and the guys played really solid.”

Reflecting on his overall position, Murdoch added, “for us 2 and 1 is pretty good and we’ll take it – it’s a tough field here and we knew we needed two wins today to keep our play-off hopes alive.  We’ve done that, but it’s one step at a time.”

The Scots now have two games on Monday, against China and then table-topping unbeaten Canada.

RESULTS.

Session 5: China 9, Russia 6; Canada 8, Sweden 6; Norway 8, Netherlands 3; Japan 4, Scotland 7.

Standings after 5 sessions: Canada won 3, lost 0; Italy, Japan, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Sweden 2-1; China, Germany, USA 1-2; Netherlands, Russia 0-3.

Report: Mike Haggerty

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Session 4: USA 4, Scotland 9.

David Murdoch’s team scored five shots in the eighth end on the way to a confident 9-4 win over USA in Sunday afternoon’s play to put their campaign back on track after their opening loss to Norway.

It was clear the Scots meant business from the start.  Good team set-up play gave them a single steal in the first end and then in the fourth, a well-weighted draw by Murdoch gave Scotland two more for a 3-1 lead.

After this, USA levelled in the fifth at 3-3, and in the sixth the Scots’ confidence became more evident as Murdoch drew a well-judged final stone inside four USA stones to take the lead again at 4-3.

USA levelled again in the seventh end but in the eighth, good set-up throughout the end led to Murdoch having a relatively straightforward draw for five shots which he made, forcing USA to concede.

Elsewhere in this session Sweden beat Germany to join Canada and Japan at the top of the rankings.  Japan are the next opponents for the Scots, on Sunday evening.

A win for Scotland skip David Murdoch

After the game, Murdoch said, “last night we didn’t do much wrong, we just got caught out with the ice and today the ice is a lot better, so credit to the guys for doing that.  We felt more comfortable out there, making a lot more draws and freezes – a lot more aggressive game, and that suits us.  We made that five in the eighth and that was job done.”

Speaking about the eighth end specifically, he said, “we played a lot of nice hit and rolls behind corner guards and then we got a miss form the opposition third and that opened everything up.  We were lying a few shots and they were having to try to get their way out of it…we’ll take it.”

Reflecting on this win he also said, “it’s great to get a win on the board and that was important.  You never like to get too far behind and that puts us in a good frame of mind for tonight’s game against Japan.”

RESULTS.

Session 4: Germany 2, Sweden 8; Switzerland 6, Norway 3; USA 4, Scotland 9; China 3, Italy 8.

Standings after 4 sessions: Canada, Japan, Sweden won 2, lost 0; Italy, Switzerland 2-1; Norway, Scotland 1-1; Germany, USA 1-2, China, Netherlands, Russia 0-2.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

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Session 3

The Scottish men sat out Sunday morning’s third session of round-robin play, which featured only two games.  They will take to the ice for the afternoon session, against the USA.

RESULTS.

Session 3: Japan 9, Netherlands 6; Russia 3, Canada 11.

Standings after 3 sessions: Canada, Japan won 2, lost 0; Norway, Sweden 1-0; Germany, Italy, Switzerland, USA 1-1; China, Scotland 0-1; Netherlands, Russia 0-2.

Session 2: Scotland 6, Norway 9.

David Murdoch’s Scots had to wait till Saturday evening’s second session of round-robin play to get into action, and when they finally came onto the ice, they went down to a disappointing 6-9 loss to Norway, newcomers at this level.

After blanking the first end, Norway’s Steffen Walstad had an open draw to open the scoring with two shots after David Murdoch wrecked on a front guard with his second stone of the end.

A complete miss on a take-out attempt by Walstad let Murdoch make amends with a draw for two in the third end to level the score.  However, a couple of Scottish mistakes in the fourth let Walstad hit out for a score of three in the end and a 5-2 lead.

The Scots hung on again in the fifth end and, with a biter on the wing in the fifth, Murdoch was once again able to draw for two and reduce Norway’s lead to 5-4.  And the Scots levelled the game with a single steal in the sixth when Norway could not remove the scoring Scottish stone as they attempted to clear a collection of stones round the button.

In the seventh end, Murdoch could not completely remove a Norwegian stone, leaving Walstad with an open draw for two shots.  Murdoch looked good to level the score in the eighth but his final draw was heavy and through, meaning the Scots could only score one from the end and Norway maintained a lead, reduced to 7-6.

Another heavy draw by Murdoch in the ninth gave Norway the chance to blank the end and then a short draw by Murdoch in the tenth handed Norway an easy hit and stay to score two in the tenth and take the game, by 9-6.

After waiting for the second session, the Scots lost

Afterwards, a disappointed Murdoch said, “I’d say that’s the frostiest ice I’ve ever seen at a world championship, and it just made it tough when you went a couple down and you had to throw draws.  It was a total guess for the path and how much frost there is, it’s challenging.  We’re going to have to deal with it though, I can’t see it changing in a hurry because this building’s going to be like this.”

He continued, “challenging is definitely the word – I’d probably like to use other words but…apart from that, we generated a lot of twos and technically we were good.”

He added, “the three (in the fourth end) was the turning point – we got caught out on a couple of lines for the draw.  The ice is still new and frosty and we’re still guessing the weight, but we’ve got to move on.”

Meanwhile, Norway’s Walstad said, “that was a major win for us because they are one of the European teams we haven’t been able to beat in the last couple of years, so to be able to beat him in our first men’s worlds game is good. It was a little tricky out there – it was a little frosty, so it caught both me and him on a couple of last shots.”

The Scottish men now face USA on Sunday afternoon and then Japan in the evening.

RESULTS.

Session 2: Scotland 6, Norway 9; Italy 7, Germany 5; China 7, Sweden 10; USA 4, Switzerland 7.

Standings after 2 sessions: Canada, Japan, Norway, Sweden won 1, lost 0; Germany, Italy, Switzerland, USA 1-1; China, Netherlands, Russia, Scotland 0-1.

Report: Mike Haggerty

Picture: WCF/Richard Gray

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Session 1

After marching in the opening ceremony, the Scottish men’s team sat out Saturday afternoon’s first session of men’s play at the Ford World Men’s Championship.

Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2017

They start their campaign against Steffen Walstad’s Norway team, who are making their debut at this level, in Saturday evening’s second round-robin session.

RESULTS.

Session 1: Switzerland 5, Canada 7; Russia 2, USA 9; Japan 9, Italy 5; Netherlands 5, Germany 6 (extra end).

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