Saturday, April 01, 2006

Draw One Results from the 2006 Men's World Championships

In Draw 1, Finland, without its skip [Markku Uusipaavalniemi] was soundly defeated by Switzerland, skipped by Ralph Stoeckli, 10 - 3, as Switzerland scored 3 in the 5th, 6th, and 8th ends. I haven't been able to find reports of curling percentages, but my casual empiricism led me to believe that Switzerland consistently out-curled Finland. The team seems to miss Markku Uusipaavalniemi.

Also in Draw 1, Canada was pressed by Sweden as the teams blanked the first two ends and then proceeded to swap singles for the next five ends. However, in the eighth end, Team Canada stole one (and was within a fraction of an inch of stealing two) and stole another in the ninth end(when a sweeper touched the hammer with his brush) and led 5-2 going into the 10th. Both teams missed a bundle of shots in the tenth, as Sweden scored two and Canada won, 5-4.

For other results from Draw One, see here.


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