World Men's Curling Championship 2012 - Draw 14

Scotland narrowly lost to Canada this evening Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Although they are now out of medal contention, the USA had the consolation of beating New Zealand by a comfortable 10-4 in Wednesday evening’s fourteenth session of round-robin play at the World men’s Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland.

This game really turned in the fifth end, when US skip Heath McCormick had a hit to score four points and a 6-3 lead on his way to what was his third victory of the week. Afterwards, McCormick said: “Each win is important for Olympic points, so it’s nice to get that win. We actually played really well. We just seemed to be a little bit sharper, whereas we had not been very sharp in some of our previous games.”

Speaking about his overall campaign, he said: “It’s disappointing, I’m sure if you ask any of the teams at the bottom and they will be disappointed. We’ll just try and go out there and enjoy our last two games.”

Meanwhile, Norway kept their medal hopes alive when they emerged as 7-6 winners in a tight game against Germany. In this game, Germany moved into the lead in the third end when Germany’s fourth player Felix Schulze hit for two points and a 2-1 lead, but the game gradually went Norway’s way until, in the tenth end, Norwegian skip Thomas Ulsrud kept his nerve to bring his final stone onto the button and score the one point needed for a 7-6 win.

Canada eventually got the better of Scotland to win by 7-5. In the sixth end of this game, Canadian skip Glenn Howard drew nicely to score one point from the end and take a 4-3 lead. Scotland levelled in the eighth end but, eventually, in the tenth, Howard played a precision straight raised double to knock out the sole Scottish stone in the house, score two, record his ninth win of the week and book a place in the Page 1 v 2 Play-off game on Saturday.

Afterwards, Howard said: “That’s goal number two achieved. Number one – make the play-offs, and number two - make the one-two game.”

Denmark are another team that remain in the mix and they gave their medal hopes a boost when they beat France by 8-3. In the eighth end of this game, French fourth player Tony Angiboust came up short with his final draw to hand Denmark a steal of three points, while in the ninth end, his attempted double take-out just slipped past, giving Denmark another single steal, after which France conceded. After this, Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne said: “That was really important. If we’d lost we’d be out of it. We’re playing some good curling now and we still have two important games tomorrow.”

RESULTS
Session 14: USA 10, New Zealand 4; Germany 6, Norway 7; Canada 7, Scotland 5; France 3, Denmark 8.

Standings after 14 sessions:
1.Canada 9-0 (qualified)
2. China 6-3
2. Norway 6-3
2. Scotland 6-3
5. Denmark 5-4
5. New Zealand 5-4
5. Sweden 5-4
8. France 3-6
8. USA 3-6
10. Czech Republic 2-7
10. Germany 2-7
10. Switzerland 2-7

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