Day 5 – End of Junior Men’s round-robin

Team Norway top standings at end of round robin Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Despite losing their final round-robin game by 3-4 to Italy, Norway men concluded the World Junior Curling Championships 2014 round-robin in top spot to go into the Page 1v2 play-off game, where they will face Scotland, the team with the best record against the four teams that finished tied on six wins.

This win gave Italy a life-line, as they joined the teams on six wins and are now in a tie-breaker against Switzerland for the last place in the Page play-off line-up, with the tie-break winner facing third-placed Canada in the Page 3v4 game.

The winner of the 1v2 game will proceed directly to the final to compete for the gold medals. The loser will then play the winner of the 3v4 Page play-off in the sole semi-final.

The winner of the semi-final will then go on to play in the gold medal game while the loser will play the loser of the 3v4 play-off for the bronze medals.

Seventh placed Russia, along with eighth placed Austria, will now need to contest and win the European Junior Curling Challenge if they are to return to this Championship next year as they were the two European teams who finished lowest in the standings.

Round-robin Session 8:
Scoring three points in the last end, Norway beat Sweden by 10-9, to record their seventh round-robin win and guarantee themselves top place on the rankings.

Other winners in this session were Canada, who beat the USA by 8-1; Italy, who had the same score-line over China; Scotland, who had a 5-3 win over Russia; and Switzerland, who beat Austria by 10-2.

Following those games, five teams were tied on five wins going into the last round-robin session, with just three Page play-off places up for grabs.

These were Canada, Italy and Scotland, as well as Sweden and Switzerland who face each other in the final round-robin session.

They said it:
Norway skip Eirik Mjoeen after scoring three in the tenth end for his win over Sweden said: “I didn’t think I was getting three there. I was hoping for two but we got lucky, and I’m just so happy for that win. It was a tight game, it always is against Sweden.”

Scotland skip Kyle Smith said: "We've played really steady the whole week. It's just been one slack shot at the wrong time that’s cost us a couple of losses. As long as we get to the play-offs we know what we can do."

Canada skip Braden Calvert beat USA by 8-1 and said: "That was good. We got off to another good start and had all the momentum the whole game, I think, and we were in control. I haven't really looked too far ahead (about qualification) but I think we need to win our next one."

Round-robin Session 9:
Canada made short work of their game against Austria, winning by 9-1 in just six ends, while Scotland beat China by 9-6 in a game that featured Scotland giving up four points in the third end, scoring three points in the fourth end and sealing their win with a score of five points in the seventh end.

Italy beat table-topping Norway by 4-3 to keep their campaign alive and they now go into a tie-breaker against Switzerland, who beat Sweden by 10-6, to decide the last Page Play-off slot.

In the fifth game of the session, Russia beat USA by 8-7 after an extra end to rank seventh overall.

They said it:
Scotland skip Kyle Smith, after giving up a four to China before winning the game with a score of five points in the seventh end: "That was one of the strangest games I've ever played in."

Switzerland skip Yannick Schwaller said: “It was cool to play. We had shots that weren’t too great and the other team had the luck on their side, but we played better and got a good win.”

He continued: “It is our first time at the world championship and we have earned at least a tie-breaker, but we really want a medal. It is great to be here, especially with the spectators who are very loud and a great support for the team.”

Canada skip Braden Calvert said: “That was a really good performance. We’ve got a lot of confidence and momentum in our favour heading towards the play-offs. We’re feeling really good – we’re liking the way we’re playing on the ice and we just need to stay healthy."

RESULTS, STANDINGS & SCHEDULE

MEN:

Results
Session 8: Canada 8, USA 1; Italy 8, China 1; Sweden 9, Norway 10; Russia 3, Scotland 5; Switzerland 10, Austria 2.

Session 9: Italy 4, Norway 3; Sweden 6, Switzerland 10; Scotland 9, China 6; Austria 1, Canada 9; USA 7, Russia 8 (extra end).

Standings
Men’s final standings after round-robin:
1. Norway 7-2 (to play Scotland in 1v2 play-off)
2. Scotland 6-3 (to play Norway in 1v2 play-off)
3. Canada 6-3 (to play winner of tie-breaker in 3v4 play-off)
4. Italy 6-3 (to play Switzerland in tie-breaker)
4. Switzerland 6-3 (to play Italy in tie-breaker)
6. Sweden 5-4
7. Russia 4-5
8. Austria 3-6
9. USA 2-7
10. China 0-9

Schedule
Monday March 3, 2014 (all times CET)

Tie-breakers (14:00)
Junior Women: Sweden v Switzerland
Junior Men: Italy v Switzerland

Junior Women’s Page play-offs (19:00)
1v2: Korea v Canada
3v4: Russia v winner of tie-breaker

Tuesday March 4, 2014

Junior Men’s Page play-offs (12:00)
1v2: Norway v Scotland
3v4: Canada v winner of tie-breaker

Junior Men’s & Women’s semi-finals (18:00)

Wednesday March 5, 2014

Junior Women’s medal games (09:00)
Junior Men’s medal games (13:00)

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