Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
April 2, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – After dropping a 6-4 decision to the Czech Republic on Tuesday morning, Canada responded with a 10-7 win over Norway in Draw 11 of the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship Tuesday evening at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.
The game was a back-and-forth affair that started with Canadian Skip Brad Jacobs and Norwegian Skip Thomas Ulsrud each executing excellent draws in the first and second ends respectively to take 2 points each, tying the game 2-2.
These Norwegian fans would enjoy an excellent game, but leave disappointed after Norway fell 10-7 to Canada (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Jacobs would grab another two in the third, drawing for the pair after Ulsrud missed a chance to grab a point on his final stone.
Norway’s Thomas Lovold shouts directions to his sweepers during action against Canada on Tuesday evening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Norway would creep ahead however, scoring a point in the fifth and two more in the sixth to lead 5-4.
Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud (right) would get his team out to a 5-4 lead, but a couple of crucial misses allowed Canada to score three points in the 7th and 9th ends to previal 10-7 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Jacobs and his Canadian team would re-assume the lead after Jacobs drew for three in the seventh end, however Ulsrud would battle back, drawing for two in the eighth end to tie the game 7-7.
Decked out in patriotic colours, Canadian fans had plenty to cheer as skip Brad Jacobs would score three-point ends in both the 7th and 9th ends to help defeat Norway 10-7 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
After a tense series of rocks early in the ninth end, Ulsrud had a chance to draw into the rings with his final stone to sit shot rock ahead of two Canadian stones, but came up short, allowing Jacobs the chance to draw for three points and a 10-7 lead.
After a tough outing against the Czechs on Wednesday morning, Canadian skip Brad Jacobs was deadly accurate on the draws against Norway, winning 10-7 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the 10th, Canada would throw their first two rocks through the house and then clean off whatever Norway would put into play, eventually running Ulsrud and his teammates out of stones and sealing the win.
Canadian third Ryan Fry calls out to his sweepers in action against Norway on Tuesday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Jacobs spoke after the game, saying, “We played pretty well that game; it was a little bit of a goofy game with lots of rocks in play and some misses here and there. But at the end of the day, I think we had fewer misses than they did and we came away with the win. We played well tonight and it feels nice to be at six wins, but there is still a long way to go.”
In other action Wednesday, the United States got their second win of the day, after beating Scotland 8-6.
Scotland’s Tom Brewster screams out direction to his team after delivering a shot against the USA on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Americans gave themselves the perfect start when they scored two points in the first end, but Scotland’s David Murdoch took his team into a 5-4 lead when he drew into the house to score three points in the fourth end.
U.S. skip Brady Clark led his team to two wins on Tuesday including an 8-6 win over Scotland (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the tenth end, with the score tied at 6-6, USA skip Brady Clark played a perfect draw onto the button behind guards and when Murdoch came to play the last stone, it was wide and failed to remove the US stone, giving the Americans a steal of two points and an 8-6 win.
Philip Tilker of Team USA gets loud in his match with Scotland on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
“We had a couple of tight games today and stole a win from Scotland,” said Clark. I thought they played really well but we just happened to set up a really good end there. They just missed that one, but I’m happy to get a couple of wins today. That’s real big for us. We needed to do that to build our confidence and feel good.”
Elsewhere, Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne led his team to a good day with two wins, the latter coming against Japan 7-4. In the sixth end of this game, the Danes scored two points to take a 5-2 lead, and they were never really challenged after that.
Denmark skip Rasmus Stjerne led his team to a 7-4 win over Japan Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Afterwards, Stjerne said: “It’s starting to feel really good now. It was a tight game in the end, which made my last shot more difficult than it should have been. We’re grooving into a zone now, but there’s still room for improvement. However I think we’re really close to reaching our top level. We just need to hang in there now.”
Japan sweeper Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi (right) looks down ice during their match against Denmark Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the final game of the session Tuesday night, Finland met Switzerland, and the Swiss made the first break-through in the fourth end when skip Sven Michel scored three points for a 4-2 lead. In the tenth end, Michel scored a single point to win by 7-5 and bounce back from three successive losses.
The Swiss team worked out enough details to prevail over Finland 7-5, clinching the win in the final end (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
“We knew we had to win tonight, and after three losses, we were under pressure” said Michel. “We’re happy that we got that win, but we have two really important games tomorrow and we’ll keep fighting.”
With Canada’s win and Scotland’s loss to the USA, along with Sweden’s surprising loss to Japan in the afternoon Draw, Jacobs and his team sit alone atop the round-robin standings with a 6-1 record. They will face Japan and Russia on Wednesday.