Canada 0 3 0 0 1 0 x x - 4
Switzerland* 1 0 5 1 0 1 x x - 8
In the other semi, Norway scored 4 in the final end for a come from behind victory over Sweden 8-6.
Norway 1 0 0 1 2 0 4 x - 8
Sweden* 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 x - 6
Switzerland, with the highly experienced Manfred Bollinger at skip, fielded a team with just one change from the squad that struggled at the 2009 Worlds. In the final they overwhelmed Norway 7-1, allowing the single point in the final end.
Norway 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 x - 1
Switzerland* 1 0 1 3 1 1 0 x - 7
Canada redeemed themselves with a 4-1 win over Sweden to take 3rd place.
Canada 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 X 4Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 1
(Q) There were a lot of blank ends. Was that intentional, to keep things clean? Wendy Morgan - "It was the game plan based on ice conditions."
*Q) And how would you describe the ice conditions?
Wendy Morgan - "Previous games heavy and inconsistent - the final game sheet 4 was the best sheet we played on during the event - the 3 blank ends were the result of outstanding execution by both teams in a defensive style of play."
Morgan professed to being happy with the trip. "It was a terrific competition - we are very pleased with our results and moving forward to the new year."
That's understandable coach-speak, but the trip demonstrated that Canada can not expect to have things all their own way. They lost to Finland in a game that did not matter, and to Switzerland in a game that did. No cause for panic, and Jim Armstrong's play will doubtless improve as he continues his recovery from injury and is able to put in the ice-time to reach the standard Canada will need in Vancouver. But Sweden, Switzerland and Great Britain have all won international events this year. Norway's play is improving ("We don't want to peak too early," says coach Christensen.) USA have a big event skip, while Korea threaten to break the rocks with their hitting game.
It's going to be interesting in Vancouver.