31 January 2019

Schwaller shock Edin with shoot-out success

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Schwaller ends the men's draw on day two with an excellent victory.

Switzerland’s Team Yannick Schwaller produced a stunning comeback to edge out Sweden’s Team Niklas Edin after a last-end steal handed the Swiss rink a shoot-out opportunity – which they took.

In the shoot-out, skip Yannick Schwaller drew to within 29cm of the pin, while Niklas Edin’s throw finished short of the button.

As a result, the Swiss rink go top of the Group A standings on five points, ahead of Sweden and United States on four and three points respectively.

Overall, four men’s matches took place on day two with all eight teams in action as Scotland, United States and Canada registered wins.

There was also another shoot-out win in the game between Scotland and Norway after an extremely tight encounter.

Scotsman Ross Paterson was close to accepting defeat after his draw went deep into the house, but skip Steffen Walstad’s effort went twice as far away from the pin – 199.6cm - as Paterson’s attempt to hand a 5-4 victory to the Scottish rink.

Team Matt Dunstone continued to impress elsewhere in Group B, with a 6-3 success over Team Xiuyue Ma after running the Chinese rink out of stones.

The Canadians were picked at late noticed with the spot initially reserved for Brad Gushue’s rink, but the Manitoba-based team have certainly made an impact in the initial stages in Sweden.

© WCF / Céline Stucki

Skip Dunstone insists they were not at their best, but with a perfect start to their time at the Jonkoping Curling Club, the two-time world junior bronze medallist is revelling a chance to compete in China’s capital come May.

“We weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be throughout the game, but it’s still pretty early in the week. So, if we can go out and not play our best and still pick up a win, we’ll take it.

“There’s pressure that goes without saying no matter the event wearing the maple leaf. Obviously, we want to come out and win it, we know what kind of prize is there at the end and we want to book our ticket to Beijing as well.”

United States bounced back from their 11-1 opening defeat to Sweden yesterday to triumph over Japan, claiming a 6-4 victory.

Skip Mark Fenner was pleased with his side’s attitude in putting last night's heavy loss behind them and executing a good team performance.

“The first win is great,” said a relieved Fenner. “You want to get it out of the way and to come back from last night’s game was positive.

“It was huge to have the lead after four ends, with a one-point lead. We made sure everyone on the same page at the fourth-end break in terms of how the ice was reacting and put a strong second half together. It was good to put yesterday behind us.”

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