Gangneung, Republic of Korea – In the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017 women’s Page 1v2 play-off game on Friday (24 February) afternoon – at the Gangneung Curling Centre, Gangneung, Republic of Korea – Sweden beat Scotland by 9-6 to advance to the gold medal final.
Canada won the Page 3v4 game over hosts Korea by 7-5, meaning they now head to the semi-final against Scotland. This will be played at 09.00 on Saturday (25 February). Korea will play in the bronze medal final against the loser of the Scotland and Canada game. The medal games will be at 15.00 on Saturday, with the gold final live on World Curling TV (all games are +9 Universal Coordinated Time).
On the men’s side, USA took the direct route to Sunday (26 February) afternoon’s gold medal final when they beat Korea by 7-5 in Friday (24 February) evening’s Page 1v2 play-off game.
This defeat means that Korea will now play in Saturday’s (25 February) sole semi-final, against Scotland, who took an extra end to beat Norway by 8-7 in the Page 3v4 game. Norway now await the loser of the Korea and Scotland semi-final (live on World Curling TV at 09.00 on Saturday) to play for bronze medals.
The medal games will take place at 15.00 on Sunday, with the men's gold medal game live on World Curling TV.
They said it
Isabella Wranaa; skip, Sweden (after 9-6 win over Scotland): “It feels absolutely fantastic to win the first game and already be ready for the final. We had one doubt in the semi-final at the World Juniors before, and we’ve always ended up fourth. It feels great to be in the final. I just think we have to rest and recharge and get some positive energy for the final game.”
Kristen Streifel; skip Canada (after 7-5 extra end win over Korea): “That felt really great. I think our team really came together in that game. We’ve talked all season long about peaking at the right time, and we struggled a little bit in the round robin but I think we’re coming together as a unit. I think we just were really putting the pressure on them to make the shots. I think both teams were making the shots but we just capitalised on them a little bit more later in the ends.”
They said it
Andrew Stopera; skip, USA (after 7-5 win over Korea): “This is pretty unbelievable. If you told me that we were going to the gold medal game, going through the Page 1v2 and the final – we’d take it in a heartbeat, obviously - anyone would. You know it’s good to win a medal but we have a lot more work to do. It’s not over yet and we have a lot to play for. We’re just looking forward to playing that game, it’s hard to wait. We’re rarin' and we’re ready.”
Cameron Bryce; skip Scotland (after 8-7 win over Norway): “I always knew we had the chance and we asked the questions late on. The tenth end was a bit scrappy but we got a nice two out of it. In the round robin game he didn’t play a draw so that was out tactic to see if he could make a draw under pressure so it paid off. But, we’re making it hard work.”