World Men's Curling Championship 2012 - Draw 3

Following this morning's win, France are now sitting on 1-1 Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

In Sunday morning’s third draw of round-robin play at the World Men’s Curling Championship 2012, France and the USA fought out a tight game.

The Americans took an early lead and, in the fourth end, France started to claw their way back when their fourth player Tony Angiboust drew into the house to score one point and bring France to within one of USA, at 2-3 down.

In the next end, US skip Heath McCormick stretched his lead again with a hit for two points and a 5-2 score-line. But the French responded once again in the sixth end, scoring three points and levelling the game at 5-5 when Angiboust played a nice draw.

The French moved ahead after that and sealed their win in the tenth and final end when Angiboust removed two US counting stones and kept his own stone in the house for one point and an 8-6 win – France’s first victory of the campaign.

Afterwards, French skip Thomas Dufour said: “We are very pleased with that. Yesterday was a pretty close game against Canada and the first part of today’s game was a little tricky for us, but we recovered well with a three (points) at the sixth (end) and after that we had more confidence, were more in control and making the shots better. That was the turnover in the game. We were really glad to get the win. We know that every game is going to be close.”

On the next sheet, Canada made short work of Germany, winning what was their second game by 9-2 in just six ends. The key incident came in the very first end when a German mistake left a collection of Canadian stones in the house and allowed Canadian skip Glenn Howard to use last stone advantage to add another stone to the collection and score four.

The Germans couldn’t recover from this blow and added to their troubles when, in the fourth end, their fourth player Felix Schulze missed a takeout attempt to let Canada steal two more points and take an unassailable 8-1 lead. The Germans did have the consolation of scoring one point in the ninth end, when Schulze drew his final stone into the house, but the teams shook hands at the end of the ninth, with the score at 9-2 for Canada.

After this game, Canadian skip Glenn Howard said: “The first end was obviously a turning point. If he curled half an inch, I’m playing against two, but it didn’t and all of a sudden I’m drawing for four.” More generally he added: “This is an exercise in patience and our first goal is get to the play-offs. You’ve got eleven games in the round-robin, so we’re just taking one game at a time.”

Results

Session 3:
France 8, USA 6; Canada 9, Germany 2.

Standings after 3 sessions:
Canada 2-0
Scotland 2-0
China 1-0
Sweden 1-0
Denmark 1-1
France 1-1
Germany 1-1
Norway 1-1
Czech Republic 0-1
Switzerland 0-1
New Zealand 0-2
USA 0-2

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