Page 1v2 Play-off Roundup

Norway will play in the gold medal game after defeating Canada Photo: WCF/CĂ©line Stucki

Norway beat Canada by 3-2 in Saturday morning's Page one versus two Play-off game at the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014, presented by Ford of Canada, and they now move directly into Sunday's gold medal game at the Capital Gymnasium in Beijing, China.

Canada now face Sweden in Saturday evening’s sole semi-final, with the winner joining Norway in the gold medal game and the loser playing Switzerland for bronze medals on Sunday morning.

This Play-off was a cagey affair, with a total of five blank ends.

In the first end, Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud was forced to draw his final stone into the four foot-ring to count just one point, rather than the bigger score he was looking for.

The roles were reversed in the fourth end, with Canada's skip Kevin Koe having to draw his final stone onto the button to score one point to level the score at 1-1.

In the seventh end, Norway's Ulsrud tapped out a Canadian stone which jammed on the way out and once again, Norway had to be content with just one point, for a 2-1 lead.

Norway's Ulsrud rescued what looked like a dangerous position in the eighth end when he managed to direct his last stone through the narrowest of gaps for a double take-out on two Canadian stones, to blank the end

Canada were looking to finally score two points in the ninth end, with a counting Canadian stone already sitting in the house when Koe came to play his second stone.

This time, his draw was well short of its target and yet again only one point was scored when more looked likely, and once again the teams were tied, this time at 2-2.

Eventually, with the last stone of the tenth end, Ulsrud hit back a Canadian stone lying in the house and kept his own in position to score one point, win the game by 3-2, claim a place in the final, and guarantee himself at least a silver medal.

After his win, Norway skip Thomas Ulsrud said: “We played a pretty good game. We got into a lot of trouble in the ninth but apart from that we had a really good game. We were lucky Canada only got one in the ninth because I was in heaps of trouble."

Speaking about the last end, he added: "Coming home, all tied up with hammer, you’re big favourites."

More generally, he continued: "It feels really good to have reached my first final. Some of the boys on the team have reached a final before so they were giving me a lot of stick about that, so it’s good to get that off my shoulders."

Speaking about the prospect of winning his first world title, he said: "It would mean the world to me. As I said before, we were really disappointed after the Olympics. We put in a lot of effort this year but a lot of other countries did as well and we ended up fifth, so this is kind of payback.”

Meanwhile, Canadian skip Kevin Koe said: “For sure nine was disappointing. I threw up my first one good, just messed up the line call. I had a bit of a miss in eight, but he came up with a really good shot. He made the ones when he needed to and we didn’t.

Looking forward, Koe added: “We just have to bounce back and come out and get off to a good start.”

RESULT
Page 1v2 Play-off:
Canada 2, Norway 3.

STANDINGS
After Page 1v2 Play-off:

1. Norway (To play winner of semi-final)
2. Canada (To play Sweden in semi-final)
3. Sweden (To play Canada in semi-final)
4. Switzerland (To play loser of semi-final in bronze medal game)
5. Japan
6. China
7. Czech Republic
8. Germany
9. Scotland
10. USA
11. Russia
12. Denmark

SCHEDULE (all times local CST)

Saturday 5 April
16:00 - Semi-final:
Canada v Sweden

Sunday 6 April
10:00 Bronze Medal Game:
Loser of semi-final v Switzerland
15:00 Gold Medal Game: Norway v winner of semi-final

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, will provide extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Beijing. WCF Broadcast Partners for the event include CCTV in China, Eurosport in Europe, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil, TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec). http://wmcc2014.worldcurling.net/schedule

In addition, Curling fans around the world will be able to follow selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events via the World Curling Federation’s YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV

Results, statistics, news and photos from the World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 can be seen here on the World Curling Federation’s official event website:
http://wmcc2014.worldcurling.net

NOTE: Rankings are determined by rule C9 of the World Curling Federation's ‘The Rules of Curling and Rules of Competition’. Details can be obtained at www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations

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