Norway rink on an unlikely roll

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:05 PM ET

REGINA -- Norway's Thomas Ulsrud, who should have been watching the rest of the world men's curling championship, is now in the playoffs.

Ulsrud hit and stuck for one in an extra end on Friday afternoon at Brandt Centre to beat France's Thomas Dufour 5-4 in the fourth-place tiebreaker.

Ulsrud, who has won six in a row after a 2-4 start, will meet Sweden's Niklas Edin in Saturday afternoon's 3-4 game. The winner will face the loser of Friday night's 1-2 game between Canada's Jeff Stoughton and Scotland's Tom Brewster.

The only reason Ulsrud got into the tiebreaker was because Stoughton was heavy on a draw to the four foot in Thursday's round-robin finale. It gave Ulsrud a steal of one and a 7-6 win, at the same time delivering the first loss to Canada after 10 victories in a row.

Ulsrud, who captured silver at last year's Olympics and world championship, likely presents Stoughton's toughest challenge as the Canadian tries to win his second world crown this weekend.

France came up just short in its bid to earn its first playoff berth since 1973.


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