Japan and United States keep Olympic Winter Games play-off hopes alive

  • United States win to keep semi-final dream alive Photo © WCF / Richard Gray

Both Japan and United States came up with wins to stay in play-off contention in Tuesday night's session ten of round-robin play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

In a must-win battle, United States defeated Switzerland 8-4, for their fourth win, to keep their hopes of a semi-final place alive. United States took control of the game in the fifth end with a score of three points to take a 4-2 lead into the break.

United States managed to hold Switzerland to a single point in each end they had last stone advantage and scored another three points in the seventh end with an open draw to widen the gap to 7-3.

Switzerland opted to draw for one point in the eighth end, rather than blank the end to close the gap to 7-4. In the ninth end, the Swiss shook hands after American skip John Shuster hit for one point to make the final score 8-4. With the win, United States joins Japan who also have four wins and four losses.

In a game that went all the way to the final stone, Japanese skip Yusuke Morozumi made a take-out for a 6-4 victory over Denmark. Japan scored three points in the third end and two points in the sixth end to take a 5-2 lead after six ends.

Denmark tightened the game with two points in the eighth end, but Japan blanked the ninth end. Up by one point, and having the last stone advantage, Japan's Morozumi made the hit for one point to win 6-4.

In the third game of the session, Italy faced Norway. Tied after eight ends of play, exchanging only single points, Italian fourth Amos Mosaner made a difficult take out to score three points in the ninth end. Leading 6-3 in the tenth end, Italy ran Norway out of stones to finish their Olympic run on a winning note 6-4. With the loss, the Norwegians missed their opportunity at making play-offs with five losses.

With tie-breakers certainly not out of the question, the final day of round-robin will decide who will advance to play-offs, and if need be, tie-breakers. Sweden remain the only side to have qualified with a seven and one record. They are followed in the standings by Canada and Great Britain, each with five wins and three losses. United States, Japan and Switzerland each have four losses and remain in play-off contention depending upcoming win and loss records after tomorrow's final round-robin session.

Canada, Great Britain, Korea and Sweden sat out this session.

The men's round-robin concludes tomorrow (Wednesday 21 February) afternoon, with session 12 at 14:05 Korean Standard Time (KST).

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Men session 11 results: Switzerland 4-8 United States; Norway 4-6 Italy; Japan 6-4 Denmark.

Standings after men session 11 (win-loss):

Sweden 7-1 Q
Canada 5-3
Great Britain 5-3
Switzerland 5-4
Japan 4-4
United States 4-4
Korea 3-5
Norway 3-5
Italy 3-6
Denmark 2-6

Q - Qualified for semi-finals

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