FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN FOR TEAM MOUAT AT WORLD CHAMPS
Team Mouat showed their best form of the World Men’s Championship so far as they claimed their fourth successive win with a 10-1 defeat of China in just seven ends.
In an event that is doubling as a qualifying competition for next year’s Winter Olympics, the Scots were in command from the earliest stages of their meeting with the only team that knows its place at Beijing is secure.
After the opening end was blanked, a steal of four at the second and further steals at the next two ends, meant the result was in little doubt before the Chinese finally got on the scoreboard just ahead of the halfway break.
Scotland used their cushion to rest lead Hammy McMillan and allow alternate Ross Whyte to get a taste of the action alongside skip Bruce Mouat, Grant Hardie and Bobby Lammie and after they scored a single at the sixth end, another steal of three at the next wrapped up the win.
“It was quite clinical,” Bruce Mouat said afterwards.
“We put them under pressure at the first few ends and got a bit steal of four. So, from there we just felt in complete control.”
The skip was as happy with the way the team had performed at this stage of the competition after a fourth successive win was completed with ends to spare.
“We had a lot of stones in the house and never really felt like we were in any trouble at all and we managed to get a lot of steals and it was a really nice game to have midway through the week,” he observed.
Having only had to play one match on the third day of the event, they should be fresh for tomorrow’s meeting with Sweden’s reigning World and European Champions, skipped by Niklas Edin.
“We’re definitely looking forward to tomorrow’s match,” said Mouat.
Morale is clearly high, too, as demonstrated by the way the skip poked a bit of fun at McMillan when welcoming Whyte onto the ice for what proved to be the last couple of ends.
“It gave us a really good excuse to get the better player on, so we were really happy to have him on the ice with us,” Mouat joked.
For his part, Whyte expressed his gratitude at being given that chance.
“It’s always good to get on the ice and especially in a World Championships. It was nice that the boys could get me on and I enjoyed every moment,” he said.
Day 1 Results
Scotland v Canada 6-9
Scotland v Denmark 7-2
Day 2 Results
Scotland v Netherlands 9-4
Scotland v Korea 11-4
Day 3 Results
Scotland v China 10-1
Scotland v Sweden
Scotland v Germany
Images: WCF/Jeffrey Au
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