Five teams battle for final two playoff spots
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
REGINA -- There is one draw left at the world men's curling championship, and five countries are still in the hunt for the final two playoff spots.
Sweden's Niklas Edin locked up at least a spot in the tiebreaker thanks to a 7-4 win over Switzerland's Christof Schwaller Thursday afternoon, while Norway's Thomas Ulsrud continued his remarkable run with a 3-1 triumph over China.
Meanwhile, Germany's Andy Kapp took a big hit when he lost 9-8 to the Czech Republic's Jiri Snitil.
In the other game, Scotland's Tom Brewster roared back from a 6-1 deficit to beat American Pete Fenson 7-6. Brewster scored two in the seventh, stole two in the eight and then lifted singles in the ninth and 10th.
As a result, here's the situation going into the final round-robin draw Thursday night:
* Canada (10-0) will finish first, and Scotland (9-2) has locked up second;
* Sweden (7-4) has clinched at least a spot in a tiebreaker;
* France's Thomas Dufour and Norway are 6-4. They control their own destiny and can do no worse than a tiebreaker with wins. France plays the U.S., while Norway takes on Canada;
* Germany is 6-5 and done, so it needs some help.
* Switzerland is 5-5, which means it needs to beat Korea and get some help as well.
The top four teams make the playoffs.