Men's Page play-off Roundup

Scotland will defend their World Championship crown in the gold medal game on Wednesday Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Scotland's 2013 Junior World Champions, skipped by Kyle Smith, kept their title defence going when they beat Norway 8-5 in Tuesday's Page one versus two play-off game to take the direct route to Wednesday's gold medal game in the World Junior Curling Championships, in Flims, Switzerland.

In the gold medal game, Scotland will face either Norway again, or Switzerland, who beat Canada by 6-5 after an extra end in the Page three-versus four play-off.

The loss for Norway and win for Switzerland puts both of these teams into the sole semi-final, to be played on Tuesday evening at 18:00 (CET).

In the Page one versus two play-off, Norway blanked the first end before scoring one point in the second. The Scots then took charge of the game, scoring three points in the third end to take a 3-1 lead when Scotland skip Kyle Smith played a precision nose-hit.

The teams swapped single points in the next three ends to move the score-line to 4-3 in Scotland's favour after six ends.

The Scots moved further ahead in the seventh end when Smith had a gentle tap-up at the back of the house to score two more points and take a 6-3 lead.

Norway closed the gap to 6-5, still in Scotland's favour, with a score of two points in the eighth end, but another nose-hit by Smith in the ninth end moved the score to 8-5 in Scotland's favour.

After this, the Scots ran the Norwegians out of stones in the tenth end for their win and their place in the gold medal game.

Afterwards, Scotland skip Kyle Smith said: "It's brilliant, I'm absolutely delighted - we're one step closer now. I think that was our best performance as a team so far. We were relaxed and got an early lead and did well to keep the pressure on."

Looking forward to the final, Smith added: "We just need to have a relaxing day today, get a good night's sleep, get our processes right before the game and just make sure we're all feeling pretty good during the game and stick together as a unit".

The other Page play-off was a closer affair. Canada had last stone advantage and blanked the first two ends before opening the scoring with a single point in the third end.

Switzerland then scored two points in the fourth end for a 2-1 lead, and, after Canada blanked again in the fifth end, the Swiss had a single-point steal in the sixth end to move their lead to 3-1.

Canada then blanked the seventh end and in the eighth end they scored two points to level the score at 3-3.

Switzerland scored two points in the ninth end to move onto 5-3 and Canada responded with two points of their own in the tenth end to tie the game at 5-5 and force an extra end.

Switzerland had last stone advantage in this end, and, with that last stone, their fourth player Reto Keller nudged out a Canadian stone to put his own into scoring position and give his team the one point needed for their 6-5 win, a victory that keeps Switzerland’s gold medal hopes alive.

They will now play Norway with the winner of that game going on to play Scotland for the gold medals on Wednesday.

Canada meanwhile must wait for the result of the semi-final, as they will play the loser of the semi-final for bronze medals.

After this game, Switzerland skip Yannick Schwaller said: “It was a really, really tough game. It was so close in the end, maybe just a few centimetres in it, just crazy," adding: "It definitely came down to the last stone today, but our steal in the sixth end gave us an important advantage."

Meanwhile a deflated Canadian skip Braden Calvert said: "We're a little disappointed right now. We didn't really make the other team make too difficult shots. I think we'll get rested and fired up to play the bronze medal game."



Page play-offs:
1v2: Scotland 8, Norway 5.
3v4: Canada 5, Switzerland 6 (extra end)

Men’s standings after Page play-offs:

Scotland (to play winner of semi-final in gold medal game)
Norway (to play Switzerland in semi-final)
Switzerland (to play Norway in semi-final)
Canada (to play loser of semi-final for bronze medals)
5. Italy 6-3
6. Sweden 5-4
7. Russia 4-5
8. Austria 3-6
9. USA 2-7
10. China 0-9

Schedule (all times CET)
Tuesday March 4, 2014

Semi-finals (18:00)
Women: Korea v Sweden
Men: Norway v Switzerland

Wednesday March 5, 2014

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

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