Karlstad, Sweden – The large crowd got exactly what they came to see, when Niklas Edin led his Swedish team of Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg, lead Victor Kjäll and alternate Oscar Eriksson to an 8-5 victory over Norway in Saturday afternoon's men's final of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2012 in Karlstad, Sweden, Edin's hometown.
Sweden took a single point from the first end and then, after blanking the second end, defending champions Norway got themselves onto the scoreboard in the third end with a draw into the house for two points and a 2-1 lead.
The next score came in the fifth end when Sweden's skip Niklas Edin also drew for two points and a 3-2 lead. But the break-through for Sweden came in the sixth end when Ulsrud's draw was too heavy and slipped past two Swedish stones, giving the Swedes a steal of two points and a 5-2 lead.
In the seventh end, Ulsrud fought back with a tap off a Swedish stone to score two points and reduce Sweden's lead to 5-4 but the Swedes kept control from then on and Edin hit and stayed for one point and the title in the tenth end.
Afterwards, he said: "It feels really good. We've been struggling a bit this season and really building up for this event. We've got the result that we've always been focussing on it. Being able to peak at the right time and winning it feels awesome. We've been favourites for the last three years and we haven't been able to execute and now we have. I'm really proud of my team. We had some really good shots when we needed them. At the end we made no easy mistakes and we controlled it."
Speaking on behalf of his team - Torger Nergård, Christopher Svae, lead Håvard Vad Petersson and alternate Thomas Løvold, Thomas Ulsrud said: "It's never a good feeling losing, but if I'm going to lose, then it's OK losing to Niklas. They played good all week. I think in the first half of the final we had them going a bit, but after the break they were all over us. Well done to the Swedish boys. I have to blame myself, I made some key misses in the second half that cost us the game - that's just how this game is."
In the B hall, the Karlstad Curling Club, Finland beat France by two games to one in the World Challenge and will now go onto take the last available European slot in this season's Ford World Men’s Championship.