1 February 2019

Switzerland and Scotland stay unbeaten on absorbing day of action

© WCF / Céline Stucki

It's all to play for as we approach the final day of round-robin games.

Scotland skip Ross Paterson believes his team still needs two wins to reach Sunday’s Curling World Cup final despite being unbeaten in Jonkoping.

Paterson’s rink picked up narrow wins over Canada and China on day three, including a shoot-out win over Team Matt Dunstone after the skip's near-perfect draw.

“That feels like a big win,” Patterson said after their win over Canada, “We didn’t start off well after giving them a three-shot end but as the game progressed we got stronger and put them under pressure.

“In the fifth end we got a three which proved to be a big score. We showed good fight and was a big win.

Despite being unbeaten, the Scottish rink are tied on ten Curling World Cup points in Group B with Canada because of two wins coming via shoot-out.

While in Group A, Switzerland still lead Sweden, but the home favourites still have the Swiss rink in their sights.

Canada's single victory of the day was over Norway's Team Steffen Walstad, winning 9-7.

Walstad did get their first win at the Curling World Cup in Jonkoping, defeating China in the day’s first session, but their defeat to Canada confirmed the final is out of reach for the Suzhou runners-up.

© WCF / Céline Stucki

In Group A, Switzerland are also unbeaten, with four wins from four games (one shoot-out victory) after they eased past Japan in a 8-3 success in the evening session.

Sweden trail Schwaller’s rink by just one point in the standings but the world champions got back on track on day three with two contrasting victories.

Team Niklas Edin were in control throughout against Japan in the morning session, despite letting the score slip to 5-4 after the final end, but their second win epitomised why the Swedish team are at the top of the sport.

On home ice, the Swedes were 5-2 down after five ends but clawed their way back to tie the game at 7-7 after eight ends and Oskar Eriksson’s draw - 17.1cm away from the pin – clinched the shoot-out win.

“It’s an event that we really like and it feels more like a championship event.

“Being in those [events] it just makes us feel like we are playing at the level we usually are. It feels like we’re playing better and better.

“It would be an awesome event to play in Beijing and we’re going to try hard to win here.

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