Canada Loss Drops Them to Fourth
Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
April 4, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Facing a win or go-home situation, Sweden’s Niklas Edan and his team came through with an 11-7 win over Canada on Thursday night to vault themselves into second place and knock Canada into fourth at the 2013 Ford World Men’s Curling Championships.
The Sweden win gave them a 7-4 record and put them into a 3-way tie with Denmark and Canada, but because the Swedes defeated both in round robin play, they captured the second seed and will now move on to play first place finishers Scotland (8-3) Friday night in the 1 vs. 2 playoff game.
Sweden’s Sebastian Krauup (right) glances up ice as he and Fredrick Lindberg sweep a rock during their game with Canada (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Swedes had the early advantage in the game, sitting 4-2 up after three ends, but Canada’s Brad Jacobs drew for three points in the fourth end to take the lead for the first time in the game at 5-4.
Despite a 2-2 tie early, Swedish skip Niklas Edin seems perfectly relaxed enough to watch the action on another sheet during a break in his game with Canada (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the ninth end, Swedish skip Niklas Edin hit out a Canadian stone, leaving two of his own already in the house, to score two points for a 9-7 lead. After this, Sweden stole another two points in the tenth end for 11-7, when an ambitious Canadian attempt to win the game didn’t work out.
Sweden’s Sebastian Krauup direct his sweepers during Sweden’s win over Canada on Thursday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Swedish skip Edin, who part way through the week looked nowhere close to being in the 1 vs. 2 page playoff, was relieved to make it into the playoff rounds, “We struggled all week, and I think that was the big motivation for us going into this game. We’ve worked on that, to grow stronger during the event, but this week we’ve been taking it a bit too far because we waited until the last round-robin game to really play a curling game. But I’m thrilled we’re in the one-two game.”
The Harnden brothers, Ryan (left) and EJ (right) sweep a stone down the ice during their game with Sweden Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
“It’s lucky, of course. Seven and four is normally tight for even making the playoffs'” added Edin. “But we’ll take it. The field is really close and we’re happy we can put on a good game before the playoffs.”
Canadian skip Brad Jacobs was less enthusiastic, having lost both games on the final day to see first place slip from his grasp. “It’s just a real frustrating way to end the week. We’re throwing the rock well and getting very little results. Just not making the right shots and it’s very frustrating. We’ll see what happens. We know how to fight our way out of this. It’s just sticking with it. We’re playing as hard as we can, we’re playing our hearts out, and it hasn’t been working out the last little while But, hey, we’ll play as hard as we can until the end.”
Sweden’s Niklas Edin made some key shots in both the 9th and 10th ends to clinch the win over Canada on Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Canada will now have to take the long road to the final and will play Denmark on Saturday morning in the 3 vs. 4 page playoff game, and should they win that, then having to play the loser of the Scotland-Sweden match-up in the semi-final later in the day.
Jacobs is looking forward to the day of rest and hope it can help rejuvenate his team after the tough losses Thursday, ” That makes me happy [hearing about the day off]. Honestly, that made me real happy hearing that just now. Maybe we’ll have a night out with the guys and see if we can regroup and just keep plugging away.”
After two tough losses on Thursday, Canadian skip Brad Jacobs is looking forward to a day of rest prior to Canada’s playoff game against Denmark (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In other games Thursday night, Norway thumped Russia 11-3 in six ends, Switzerland beat the Czech Republic 6-3, while China beat Finland by 8-5.