Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
March 31, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Key shot making from Canada’s Ryan Fry led Brad Jacob’s Team Canada rink to a 9-4 win over Scotland in Draw 5 of the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championships on Sunday evening at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
With an 8-6 win earlier in the day Sunday against Finland, the win gives Canada a perfect 3-0 record and puts them all alone atop the standings in the round-robin portion of the event.
Canadian third Ryan Fry used a low approach to make some fantastic shots during his team’s 9-4 win over Scotland on Sunday evening (Photo: Chrisitan J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Canadian rink, which features Jacobs, Fry, lead Ryan Harnden and second E.J. Harnden, trailed Scotland 2-1 after two ends, but after skip Jacobs drew for two points in the third and scored another two in the fifth, they were up 5-3 and never looked back from there.
Canada’s Ryan Harnden (left) and Ryan Fry (right) work hard to sweep a rock into position Sunday evening (Photo: Chrisitan J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Canada would steal a further two points in the seventh end, when Scottish skip David Murdoch came up short with his draw. This gave Canada a 7-3 lead on their way to a 9-4 win when Jacobs drew to score two more points in the ninth, eliciting handshakes from Dave Murdoch and his Scottish team.
Canadian Skip Brad Jacobs moved his team to a perfect 3-0 record after a 9-4 win over Scotland (Photo: Chrisitan J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Canadians as a team curled at just 87%, however third Fry was on fire, curling at 96% and making a number of crucial shots that helped set up the final stones for Jacobs. For Scotland, skip Dave Murdoch missed a number of key shots, curling at just 69% for the night in a disappointing outing for the Scottish squad.
Scotland’s Dave Murdoch struggled against Canada, curling a disappointing 69% in the 9-4 loss (Photo: Chrisitan J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Afterwards, Canada’s skip Jacobs said: “We did everything right today. I have to give a lot of credit to my guys; they played phenomenal. They made it pretty easy on me as a skip. We’re out here trying to win every game. What I expect is for us to come out each and every time and play really well. I’m pretty sure that if you do that, it’s going to take care of itself. And it has so far.”
Canada’s Ryan Harnden looks down ice as he sweeps a Canadian stone into place during a game with Scotland (Photo: Chrisitan J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
By contrast, both Finland and Denmark were winless going into the session, and it was the Danes who were celebrating afterwards, with a 9-2 seven end win that featured steals in three of them.
Danish Skip Rasmus Stjerne led his team to their first win Sunday night, 9-2 over Finland (Photo: Chrisitan J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Afterwards, a celebrating Danish skip Rasmus Stjerne said: “It was an important win. We didn’t come out strong yesterday but we came out strong today. We knew we needed this because the Finnish guys have been playing really well, so it’s good to get this win. It was a must win for us for sure.”
Finland’s Pauli Jaamies is all concentration as he delivers a rock in a game against Denmark (Photo: Chrisitan J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
USA faced Switzerland and the Swiss opened with a score of two points in the first end. In the fifth end, American skip Brady Clark scored two points to reduce the Swiss lead to 4-3. After this, the Swiss moved further ahead in the sixth end when skip Sven Michel scored three points to take a 7-3 lead.
Switzerland Skip Sven Michel led his team to an 8-4 win over the United States (Photo: Chrisitan J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
All of this eventually led to an 8-4 win for the Swiss. After his win, Swiss skip Sven Michel said: “My team have done a great job in the last three games, we had a tough loss this morning but we’ve played well and are feeling confident looking ahead. I think the sixth end was a really big end. We were in a little bit of trouble earlier in that end, he takes some risk with his last shot and it meant that we could make that three – that was the key moment in that game.”
Norway Skip Thomas Ulsrud yells out direction to his teammates during Norway’s 8-6 win over Japan (Photo: Chrisitan J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the fourth game of the session, Norway faced Japan. Norway led from the start but Japan fought back in the ninth end when their skip Yusuke Morozumi scored two points to lower the gap in the score to just one point, 7-6 in Norway’s favour.
In the tenth end, Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud sealed victory with a hit and stay for one point and an 8-6 win. Afterwards he said: “It was fun to play out there. There was a lot of noise with the classic going on between Scotland and Canada. It was just good to be on the ice. But we had a good game ourselves; we were happy.”
Norway’s Thomas Lovold (left) and Christoffer Svae (right) look down ice while they sweep a stone into position during their game with Japan on Sunday evening (Photo: Chrisitan J. Stewart / Island Sports News)