World Men's Curling Championship 2012 - Draw 6

Canada are top of the standings with four wins Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Canada maintained their unbeaten record when they beat Norway by 8-3 for their fourth round-robin victory in Monday morning’s sixth session of play at the World Men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

The Canadians, who now stand alone at the top of the table, found themselves up against an out-of-sorts Norwegian skip Thomas Ulsrud, and controlled the game throughout, scoring two points in the third, sixth and eighth ends before Norway shook hands.

Afterwards, Canada’s skip Glenn Howard, said: “It’s pretty cool (to beat the European Champions). I know Thomas, we’ve played them many times. They‘re one of the best teams in the world and we got Thomas on an off-day. He himself struggled and that’s uncharacteristic of him. He missed shots that I didn’t expect. The best part of it all is that my guys made everything and we’re going in the right direction.”

Meanwhile, there was an uncommon finish to the game between France and New Zealand.
France had commanded the early part of the game. In the fourth end, their fourth player Tony Angiboust playing a double take-out to score two points and give his team a 4-1 lead. In the next end, New Zealand skip Peter de Boer hit for two points to bring the score closer, at 4-3 to France, but with the game in the balance in the tenth end, the French ran out of their allotted time before playing all their stones and forfeited the game.

Celebrating his team’s second win so far, de Boer said: “We were concentrating on our own time, but regardless of what he did with his first stone, he didn’t have time to play his last so he’s forfeited the game...amazing.” Turning to his own team’s performances, he added: “We’ll give anybody a game here. The ice is good and you can get on to a bit of a roll, so we can get a few wins.”

On the next sheet, USA were looking for their first win of the week as they faced Denmark.
The Danes took the lead in the fifth end, when skip Rasmus Stjerne drew his last stone into the house to score three points for 4-3. In the ninth end, USA skip Heath McCormick was looking to score two points to level the game but his hit rolled out and he had to make do with just one point to go into the last end 5-6 down. In that end Stjerne’s final draw was too heavy, and slipped to the back of the house, leaving two USA stones counting to make the final score 7-6 in USA’s favour.

Speaking afterwards, McCormick said: “It definitely feels good to win. We were still struggling though - we started off really good, struggled in the middle, and played decently near the end. I made two nice shots in the last end, and made him play his last shot.”

Scotland were looking to recover from their Sunday loss to Denmark when they faced Germany in this session, and they took control in the sixth end when Scottish skip Tom Brewster had a straight tap-back with his second stone to score three for a 6-2 lead. Although Germany narrowed the deficit when their fourth player Felix Schulze hit for one point in the seventh end, the Scots scored in each of the next two ends before Germany conceded at 3-8.

Scottish skip Brewster said: “That was a lot better than yesterday, I thought we won that quite well and played well. That was a nice tap in the sixth, Greg (third player Greg Drummond) played a great wee hit and roll with his first. We’ll take where we are right now – we’ve been pretty solid in all our games except for two ends.”

RESULTS
Session 6: Canada 8, Norway 3; France lost, New Zealand won; USA 7, Denmark 6; Germany 3, Scotland 8.

Standings after 6 sessions:

Canada 4-0
Sweden 3-0
Scotland 3-1
China 2-1
Denmark 2-2
France 2-2
New Zealand 2-2
Czech Republic 1-2
Germany 1-3
Norway 1-3
USA 1-3
Switzerland 0-3

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