Canada beat Scotland to set up repeat final against Sweden

Canada beat Scotland to set up repeat final against Sweden
By Sportsbeat

08/04/2018 at 13:43Updated

Canada downed Scotland to set up a repeat of last year's World Men's Curling Championship final against Sweden in Las Vegas.

Bruce Mouat's rink downed the holders in the round-robin competition and looked on course to repeat that trick when they opened up a two-point lead in the first end.

But Canada skip Brad Gushue fired back and made a decisive move in the seventh, scoring three points to make it 7-5.

The Canadians stretched their lead to win 9-5 and Gushue claims his side are happy ahead of the final.

He said: "I feel great. I thought it was a great game. I thought we handled the ice as well as we could. We made some big shots and a good win.

"Niklas and his team are a great team, they're one of the best in the world and they have hammer starting out.

"So, really for the first five ends I think it's going to be about trying to wrestle the hammer back. I certainly expect a tight game and for it to come down to the last rock."

Canada defeated Sweden 4-2 in last year’s final and Niklas Edin ensured there would be a repeat as they edged out Korea 9-8.

The silver medallists from PyeongChang were made to work hard for their victory as Kim Chang-min levelled at 8-8 in the tenth end.

Edin’s rink got the point they needed in the extra end and the skip was relieved to get through a tough afternoon in Las Vegas.

He said: "That was a tough one. We've been playing close to perfect curling for a week and a half and then having to come out there and literally having no idea what to throw.

"It was tough, we had to fight both ourselves and the ice to try to stay in that game and not get too frustrated.

"It was tough for both teams and they made us play some tough shots. In the end we were really happy to come home with the hammer. I've seen this team before this year. Their skip is a good thrower and a good tactician."

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