Men Session: USA-GBR 2-4, NOR-SWE 7-8, SUI-CAN 4-6, DEN-GER 9-5
In the ninth session of men’s round-robin play, Canada continued their unbeaten run, beating Switzerland’s Markus Eggler by 6-4 for their seventh win, a result that guarantees Kevin Martin’s team first place in the rankings and a semi-final match against whichever team finishes fourth overall.
Afterwards, Martin said, “we wanted seven wins and now we have to keep rolling without slipping. We have to keep the train on the track”.
Elsewhere in the session, Sweden’s Niklas Edin pinched a tight game against Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud, with a single steal in the tenth when Ulsrud’s final shot was just off-target. Despite this 7-8 loss, Norway remains in second place on the rankings, with five wins.
With Great Britain beating USA by 4-2, three teams are now tied on won four, lost three in third place – Great Britain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The USA team was re-cast once again for the game against world champion David Murdoch, with vice-skip Jason Smith throwing fourth stones instead of skip John Shuster and alternate Chris Plys on at lead instead of John Benton. However, the British team proved too strong for the USA and, after British lead Euan Byers delivered two accurate tick shots in the tenth end to keep the route to the button open, Murdoch had a simple draw for his 4-2 win.
Afterwards Murdoch said, “in a game like that you just have to be patient – we were playing well and we were in control of the game. We finished it off this time, which was great”.
In the fourth game of the session, Denmark’s Johnny Frederiksen beat Germany’s Andy Kapp by 9-5 for only his second win of the event so far. This loss leaves Germany on three wins and depending on results elsewhere - as well as returning to winning ways - to stay in the medal hunt. Thinking about this, Kapp said, “it is not in our hands. We’ll take a look after the game tomorrow, as long as we keep winning”.
The People’s Republic of China, who still have just one win, sat out the session, as did France who have two wins along with Denmark and the USA, but with the advantage of one loss less.