Junior Men Session 2 Roundup

Defending Champions Switzerland win again to remain unbeaten Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Defending world champions Switzerland recorded their second win in Sunday morning's second session of men's round-robin play, beating Scotland by 7-4, at the World Junior Curling Championships 2015 being played at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia.

This win, and Sweden's 10-1 defeat of Estonia, means that these are the only two teams to remain unbeaten.

Against Scotland, the Swiss opened well, with a steal of two points in the first end. Although Scotland fought back to tie 2-2 at the fifth end break, scores of two points in the sixth end, and three points in the eight end sealed the Swiss win.

Afterwards, Yannick Schwaller, Switzerland skip and third player, said, "We know that Scotland is a good team, so we are really happy to have won this game. Last year was special at home but it’s a lot of fun here - it’s a beautiful arena".

Sweden's win over Estonia saw them score two points in each of the first five ends to take a 10-0 lead at the break.

Estonian finally got onto the scoreboard with one point in the sixth end, after which they conceded defeat.

Speaking afterwards, Simon Granbom, Sweden's third player, said, "we had a stable game. We never really felt any pressure and just kept control throughout. Before the game we thought we were the better team, but were still fully aware that we had to keep focus or anything could happen”.

Russia recorded their first win when they beat Canada by 7-4, helped largely by a score of five points in the seventh end.

Timur Gadzhikhanov, Russia's third player said, "we were pleased to beat Canada - that was an important game for us."

He continued, "Our start yesterday was not very good so we wanted to show our best. That wasn't our best - sometimes you get luck but we also made our key shots, and that's why we won today."

USA beat Norway by 4-3 to win their first game of the event. They pushed ahead with a score of two points in the second end.

USA held a 3-2 lead after five ends and then, looking to get back on terms, Norway blanked the next three ends. Eventually the Norwegians could only score one point in the ninth end to level at 3-3 and USA scored the one point needed for their win in the tenth end.

For this game, USA skip Ethan Meyers stepped down to play third stones while alternate player Korey Dropkin played fourth.

Meyers explained afterwards, "we switched up our line-up, and took some pressure off of me. We had a tough game yesterday but came back well today and everyone played really well. We were all just throwing them cleaner, with better draw weight and it helped us."

The fifth game of the session went all the way to an extra end when Italy scored three points in the tenth end to level the score at 6-6. However, with crucial last stone advantage in that extra end, Korea scored one point for a 7-6 victory.

This was the second consecutive extra end game for Korea, who had lost by 6-7 to world champions Switzerland in their Saturday game.


Session 2: Russia 7, Canada 4; USA 4, Norway 3; Switzerland 7, Scotland 4; Korea 7, Italy 6 (extra end); Sweden 10, Estonia 1.

Standings after 2 sessions of play (W-L):

1. Switzerland (2-0)
1. Sweden (2-0)
3. Canada (1-1)
3. Estonia (1-1)
3. Korea (1-1)
3. Russia (1-1)
3. Scotland (1-1)
3. USA (1-1)
9. Italy (0-2)
9. Norway (0-2)

Curling fans around the world will be able to follow live coverage of the Championships on the event website and the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

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