9 May 2019

Edin and Koe bounce back for double success

©WCF / Celine Stucki

The men's draw is wide open with all eight teams experiencing defeats.

Four-time world champions Team Niklas Edin responded to their defeat to China on day one to record victories over Canada and United States.

The Swedes defeated Team Matt Dunstone and Team John Shuster – who both beat them in the Jonkoping and Omaha finals - 5-4 and 5-2 respectively.

The recently crowned world champions were down one with the hammer going into the eighth end but a soft take-out for two secured a first week in Beijing for the Swedes.

"It’s a good, close game and an important win for us, both teams played pretty well but also made a few mistakes, trying to figure out the ice because no shot was easy to make,”

"We would like to draw more and to get into that kind of game, it’s still tricky but we’re really focusing on our next game and try to figure out better and make less mistakes."

It was also double delight for Team Kevin Koe also as they picked up a 5-4 success over soon-to-be-retired Team Thomas Ulsrud and dispatched Team Paterson 9-2 within six ends on day two.

"We’ve had a really good year so it would be great to finish it on a good know," said Koe. "There are a lot of good teams here and we had a good day today to get ourselves back, so that’s the goal we’re playing for Sunday."

"We played really bad yesterday so it’s good we played pretty good today. The ice is still a little tricky but two wins will take it. Yeah we’re back and we have chances to win if we can keep going."

©WCF / Celine Stucki

Scotland’s Team Paterson added to his opening day success with a convincing 6-2 victory over Team Yannick Schwaller before faltering to Team Koe..

Olympic champions Team John Shuster did add to their opening day win on day two, though, by defeating China 7-3 in the second day of the day.

Switzerland’s Team Schwaller dusted themselves off for the evening session and were successful in beating Team Ulsrud 6-2 inside the Shougang Arena.

While Ulsrud, 47, admitted they have been far from their best in Beijing, they are hoping the “rust has worn off” and confident they can finish on a high in China.

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