Junior Men Session 5 Roundup

Last stone double take-out ensures Switzerland remain unbeaten Photo © WCF / Richard Gray 2015

Although USA pushed them all the way, defending champions Switzerland emerged as 6-5 winners in their fifth session game, at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia, keeping their unbeaten record intact as they stand alone at the top of the rankings.

The Swiss found themselves 3-0 down after three ends, as USA carved out a single point in the second end and then stole another two points in the third end.

The teams then swapped single points in the next two ends to give USA a 4-1 half-time lead. Switzerland controlled the second half of the game and eventually their fourth player Romano Meier played a precision run-back with his last stone of the tenth end, knocking out the one USA stone that was in the house and giving Switzerland the two points needed for their win.

After this win, Switzerland skip Yannick Schwaller said: “That was a good win - we're still unbeaten and that's a great feeling. After going three down we played really, really good and had a good offensive game. It was a great shot to win the game."

Three teams share second place behind Switzerland, each with four wins and one loss. Among them are Scotland, who enjoyed a 9-2 victory over Norway, helped largely by stealing four points in the first end when Norway fourth player Markus Skogvold let his final draw of the end slip right through the house, leaving four Scottish stones already sitting there.

Scottish skip Bruce Mouat was pleased with this win, saying: “That was a good win, clinical - that's the word to describe it. They had some missed shots and so did we, but overall we made the right shots."

Norway, who were bronze medalists last year, remain the only men's team without a win this year.

Sweden share second place and they had an 8-4 win over Korea. The Swedes were 5-1 up after six ends and added to this with three points in the eighth end. In the ninth end, Korean skip Ki Jeong Lee made a consolation draw into the house to score one point, but Korea conceded the game.

After the game Max Baeck, Sweden's alternate, said: “We have been playing good all week. Even though we have one loss we have still been able to keep a stable level throughout. It feels like we have peaked at the best possible moment of the season."

Canada are the third team tied in second place, and they beat Italy by 5-1 in this session. They scored three points in the second end, hitting out an Italian stone, and followed that up with a single point steal in the third end, and never looked back after that.

They gave some game-time to their alternate Colton Lott in the second half of the game, and when Italy drew into the house with skip Amos Mosaner's last stone of the eighth end to score their only point of the game, the teams shook hands.

Later, Canada skip Braden Calvert said: “We capitalised on Italian misses and put our rocks in good spots. We controlled the tone of the game.”

Russia played Estonia in the fifth game of the session, and won by 8-1, scoring two points in the fourth end and three points in the seventh end on their way to victory.

After this win, Russian third Timur Gadzhikhanov said: “It was an important win for us because if we want to reach the Page play-offs we have to win all our other games. We are happy now, ready for the next games and ready for the battle."

RESULTS

Session 5: Estonia 1, Russia 8; Switzerland 6, USA 5; Scotland 9, Norway 2; Sweden 8, Norway 4; Sweden 8, Korea 4; Canada 5, Italy 1.

Standings after 5 sessions of play (W-L):

1. Switzerland (5-0)
2. Canada (4-1)
2. Scotland (4-1)
2. Sweden (4-1)
5. Russia (3-2)
6. Korea (2-3)
7. Estonia (1-4)
7. Italy (1-4)
7. USA (1-4)
10. Norway (0-5)

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