WMCC 2013: Day 2 Evening Round-up

CURLING: Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013 – Day 2 Evening Round-up

Canada defeated Scotland and remain the only unbeaten team Photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns

For immediate release: 31 March 2013

Victoria, BC, Canada – Both Canada and Scotland were undefeated when they matched-up in Sunday evening's round-robin play at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship in Victoria, Canada, but it was the Canadians who emerged from the game with their record intact, thanks to a 9-4 victory.

Early in this game Canadian skip Brad Jacobs drew for two points in the third end to lead 3-2, and then Canada stole a further two points in the seventh end, when Scottish skip David Murdoch came up short with his draw. This gave Canada a 7-3 lead on their way to a 9-4 win when Jacobs drew to score two points in the ninth end and the Scots conceded.

Afterwards, Canada's skip Jacobs said: "We did everything right today. I have to give a lot of credit to my guys; they played phenomenal. They made it pretty easy on me as a skip. We’re out here trying to win every game. What I expect is for us to come out each and every time and play really well. I’m pretty sure that if you do that, it’s going to take care of itself. And it has so far."

By contrast, both Finland and Denmark were winless going into the session, and it was the Danes who were celebrating afterwards, with a 9-2 seven end win that featured steals in three of them.

Afterwards, a celebrating Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne said: "It was an important win. We didn't come out strong yesterday but we came out strong today. We knew we needed this because the Finnish guys have been playing really well, so it's good to get this win. It was a must win for us for sure."

USA faced Switzerland and the Swiss opened with a score of two points in the first end. In the fifth end, American skip Brady Clark scored two points to reduce the Swiss lead to 4-3. After this, the Swiss moved further ahead in the sixth end when skip Sven Michel scored three points to take a 7-3 lead.

All of this eventually led to an 8-4 win for the Swiss. After his win, Swiss skip Sven Michel said: "My team have done a great job in the last three games, we had a tough loss this morning but we've played well and are feeling confident looking ahead. I think the sixth end was a really big end. We were in a little bit of trouble earlier in that end, he takes some risk with his last shot and it meant that we could make that three - that was the key moment in that game."

In the fourth game of the session, Norway faced Japan. Norway led from the start but Japan fought back in the ninth end when their skip Yusuke Morozumi scored two points to lower the gap in the score to just one point, 7-6 in Norway's favour.

In the tenth end, Norway's Thomas Ulsrud sealed victory with a hit and stay for one point and an 8-6 win. Afterwards he said: "It was fun to play out there. There was a lot of noise with the classic going on between Scotland and Canada. It was just good to be on the ice. But we had a good game ourselves; we were happy."

Finland 2, Denmark 9; Scotland 4, Canada 9; USA 4, Switzerland 8; Norway 8, Japan 6.

Standings after 5 sessions:
Canada won 3, lost 0
China 2-1
Sweden 2-1
Czech Republic 2-1
Norway 2-1
Switzerland 2-1
Scotland 2-1
Japan 1-2
Denmark 1-2
USA 1-2
Finland 0-3
Russia 0-3

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters outside Canada of the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013. WCF Broadcast Partners for the 2013 World Curling Championships include Eurosport (Eurosport, Eurosport 2 and Eurosport Player) in Europe, NHK in Japan, CCTV-5 in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil. In Canada, TSN (RDS in French) will carry all Team Canada games throughout the round robin, followed by the playoffs and medal games. http://www.worldcurling.org/tv-web-coverage

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

Event website: http://www.curling.ca/championships/worlds/
Live Results can be found here: http://www.curling.ca/scoreboard/?e=12
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The World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in Beijing, China from 29 March to 6 April.