Clinical Canada clinch men’s final against Sweden
Team Matt Dunstone book tickets to the Grand Final in Beijing.
Canada’s Team Matt Dunstone put on a controlling performance over home favourites Team Niklas Edin to win leg three’s Curling World Cup men’s final 5-4 in Jonkoping, Sweden.
In front of a partisan crowd, with few Canadian supporters inside the Jonkoping Curling Club, the Saskatchewan-based rink kept their composure as skip Dunstone made his last-stone hit for the victory.
Dunstone and teammates – Braeden Moskowy, Catlin Schneider and Dustin Kidby - came into Jonkoping as late replacements but made an outstanding impact throughout the week and added a fourth championship title to their trophy cabinet for the season.
The foursome pick up a cheque for $USD 28,000 and earn a spot in Beijing’s Grand Final this May, with a prize pot of $USD 112,000 up for grabs.
“I think we made a statement this week for sure," said skip Dunstone, 23. "We didn’t event expect to be in this event at the beginning of the year so to come here and take advantage of it beating a world-class team like Niklas Edin, we’re going to be celebrating this one.
"The deuce in the fifth to go up two after giving up the steal in the first end. Niklas missing that split in seven was the game changer to give us hammer coming home.
"[On Grand Final] It will be a heck of a field. I never thought in a million years I would be in China twice in sixth months. It will be a lot of fun, another world-class event I’m sure and hopefully win another chunk of change there."
Dunstone delivers for Canada
Despite the final result, it was the dream start for Sweden as they picked up a steal of one in the very first end after Matt Dunstone missed a double takeout opportunity.
Following a blanked second end, the game began to unfold when Edin’s last stone in the third went longer than intended, proving an opportunity for three, but Dunstone’s rock was an inch too straight and finished with two instead.
Sweden responded with a single in the next end before the fourth-end break, but Canada came out firing on all cylinders, continuing in the attacking vein that has been rewarded all week.
Dunstone made no mistake in making his shot for two, delivering a perfect takeout to regain the lead.
However, after a bad start to the sixth end, a triple takeout by Edin was compounded by a Dunstone miss to give Sweden a draw for two which threatened to swing the momentum.
But a massive error in the seventh end, with Edin’s attempt at a biter falling short, costing the Swedes a chance of victory in front of a home crowd as Dunstone blanked the end to take the hammer into the last.
The skip delivered a takeout to pick up one and win leg three to join fellow Canadians, Team Kevin Koe, in Beijing’s Grand Final.
Edin falls at final hurdle
A second defeat in consecutive Curling World Cup finals will hurt for Team Edin.
Speaking after his team's fourth final loss this season, 33-year-old Edin said: "It was a close game and it was pretty well played as well. We made a few too many positional errors we didn’t get rocks in the right placements early on.
"We kept it close, tied after six ends it’s pretty close to 50/50, but then I missed my draw in seven - that changed a lot. But it always felt like we were one step behind the whole game."
The world champions earned $USD 17,500 for their week's work in Jonkoping.