Men’s draw poised with groups wide open on day three
Results on day three set up an enthralling last day of round-robin action.
Canada’s Team Matt Dunstone claimed their first success in the Curling World Cup Grand Final with victory over United States on the third day in Beijing.
In a battle of the two leg winners, it was Canada who prevailed with a score of three in the third end instrumental in getting the Saskatchewan rink over the line in a 5-2 victory.
“After a bad first few games we tried to look at it as a fresh start and luckily, we stringed multiple scores together today,” Dunstone commented.
“It’s our last event of the season and we want to have some fun to end by winning some games.
“It’s strange to be in the place where the Olympics will be as you can see the city come together with buildings being taken down and the surrounding area getting ready. It's pretty cool.”
Following numerous near misses at the Curling World Cup, Team Niklas Edin looked sharp as they produced a flawless display against Team Zou Qiang.
The Swedish world champions lost to the Chinese rink in their opening game but made no mistakes as they restricted their opponents to zero points. The win puts them top of Group A with nine points, three clear of Chinese quartet.
On their rare whitewash, skip Edin is keen to end his season with another title. "That was really a good game and we never really gave them a chance," said Edin.
"It was low scoring to the start of the game, but happy that we got a blank and after that steal in the third it feels like we’re in good control of the game.
"We’ve had a pretty good season but a lot of bad play-offs, quarter-finals and semi-finals. Winning this event is what we had hoped to do, and we’re playing just as well as we did last season so hopefully we can get a good final result on this event.
“We’re really trying hard to reach that final and win one."
Group B is set to go down to the wire with Scotland’s Team Ross Paterson and Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller both securing convincing wins on day three at the Shougang Arena.
The Swiss rink got off to a superb start against Team Kevin Koe of Canada, leading 8-2 at the fourth-end break before seeing out the victory with a 9-3 success in six ends.
Skip Schwaller, 24, emphasised the importance of taking all three points, with attention now to Scotland tomorrow morning as both teams sit on nine points in the pool.
“To get a 4-0 head start against such a good team was brilliant. We want to be in the final. You do not make the trip here without wanting to be in the final and it’s a lot of money in it. It would be great to be here Sunday and the experience to play the final in this arena would be awesome.
“It’s always great to play such good teams. For us it is about curling – of course, we enjoy Beijing. It is a great culture here with such a huge history which we immersed ourselves in before the tournament.”
Their opponents tomorrow, Scotland, were equally impressive in their 6-5 triumph over Team Thomas Ulsrud, and like Schwaller, vice-skip Kyle Waddell is relishing the encounter.
“Tomorrow we have a two-game day with Switzerland in the morning. It’s the most important game to us and we badly want to win.
“On their Jonkoping record not being enough to reach final] It might happen, but we need to play it by ear. If we win tomorrow morning, it’s in our hands before we play Canada in the evening.”