Canada’s Bottcher beats Italy’s Retornaz at world males’s curling championship

2021-04-07 06:38:31

Coming off an upset loss and with a contender-heavy schedule on the horizon, Canada’s Brendan Bottcher was in determined want of a stable victory on Tuesday afternoon.

His Edmonton-based workforce delivered with a 7-4 win over Italy’s Joel Retornaz to enhance to 6-2 on the BKT Tires & OK Tire World Males’s Curling Championship.

Bottcher, who was to play China’s Qiang Zou within the night, wished to keep away from a 3rd loss with Russia, Sweden and Norway — the highest three groups within the standings coming into Draw 14 — on faucet by Thursday.

“Everybody is absolutely good and everybody likes to beat Canada,” Bottcher stated of the round-robin. “So the most effective recreation they play all week is usually towards us. We knew that moving into. Everybody instructed us that was the case.

“However now we’re experiencing it and we actually should play our A-game each recreation.”

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The Italians put some early strain on as Bottcher gave up a steal within the second finish. His draw to the eight-foot ring was heavy within the third and he needed to accept a single.

Retornaz adopted with a tender faucet for a deuce however Bottcher answered with a robust hit-and-roll within the fifth finish that arrange a draw for 2.

“We had been capable of claw again and achieve just a little little bit of momentum with a superb deuce in 5 after which come out and play a very good second half,” Bottcher stated.

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The sport turned within the sixth finish when Retornaz was drawing towards three. His stone was mild, giving Canada a steal and a 6-3 lead.

Canada ran Italy out of rocks within the tenth to win it.

“We’ve been actually resilient this week,” Bottcher stated. “It hasn’t been straightforward at occasions. We’ve had ups, we’ve had downs, we’ve been preventing the ice just a little bit.

“There’s rather a lot that goes right into a world championship and that is our first time right here. We’re studying as we go just a little bit.”

In different afternoon video games, Norway’s Steffen Walstad beat Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz 10-5, Scotland’s Bruce Mouat doubled Japan’s Yuta Matsumura 6-3 and Germany’s Sixten Totzek topped Denmark’s Mads Norgard 8-6.

Getting into the night draw, Norway was in first place at 7-1 whereas Canada was in a four-way tie for second spot at 6-2 with Scotland, Sweden’s Niklas Edin and Russia’s Sergey Glukhov.

Switzerland and American John Shuster had been subsequent at 5-3 and Italy was in eighth place at 4-4. The highest six groups will attain the playoffs.

Bottcher, third Darren Moulding, second Brad Thiessen and lead Karrick Martin will shut out their round-robin schedule Friday towards Germany.

The highest two finishers within the 14-team round-robin earn byes to the semifinals on Saturday.

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Groups sitting third by sixth within the standings will compete in qualification video games with winners to succeed in the ultimate 4. Medal video games are set for Sunday.

Edin beat Canada’s Kevin Koe within the 2019 world championship closing in Lethbridge, Alta. The 2020 occasion was cancelled as a result of pandemic.

The highest six groups may also earn spots for his or her respective international locations on the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

No spectators are allowed within the WinSport Enviornment, which was additionally the case on the current Canadian males’s, girls’s and blended doubles championships.

Two Grand Slams are subsequent on the bubble calendar earlier than the world girls’s playdowns in late April.

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