REGINA — Left for dead earlier in the week, Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud is now one win from reaching the world men’s curling championship game.
Ulsrud’s squad hammered Sweden’s Niklas Edin 7-2 on Saturday afternoon in the 3-4 Page playoff game at Brandt Centre. He will meet Scotland’s Tom Brewster in Saturday night’s semifinal for the right to face Canada’s Jeff Stoughton in Sunday’s final.
Ulsrud, who has won eight in a row after starting with a 2-4 record, was the benefactor of Edin’s inability to execute easy takeouts in the second and third ends. The Swede’s flash in the second allowed Ulsrud to draw for three, and his miss in three led to a steal of one.
Norway then put the nail in the coffin with a steal of two more in the fourth to go up 6-1. Edin had a chance to score two, but his tough, double-takeout attempt went horribly wrong.
Edin will play in Sunday’s bronze-medal game against the loser of Saturday night’s semifinal.