OAKVILLE, Ont. — Oskar Eriksson scored two points in the eighth end to lift Team Niklas Edin to a 6-5 victory over Team Joël Retornaz during Draw 7 action Wednesday in the WFG Masters at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.
Team Edin improved to a 2-0 round-robin record and a share of the lead in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling major tournament.
Eriksson, who normally throws third, continues to skip the Swedish squad after Edin sustained a lower-body injury prior to the semifinals of the HearingLife Tour Challenge in October. Although they carried on short-handed to win that tournament to claim a fourth career GSOC men’s title, Daniel Magnusson has joined the lineup at second this week. Second Rasmus Wranå has moved up to third with Christoffer Sundgren remaining at lead.
Retornaz, from Italy, is now level at 1-1.
Elsewhere in Draw 7, Team Brendan Bottcher also reached the 2-0 mark with a 9-4 victory over Team Kevin Koe (0-2) in a clash of Calgary-based clubs.
Saskatoon’s Team Colton Flasch (1-1) scored their first win with a 6-4 victory over Switzerland’s Team Michael Brunner (0-2).
Scotland’s Team Ross Whyte climbed to a 2-0 record by doubling up on Team Marco Hösli from Switzerland 10-5. Hösli is at the opposite end of the spectrum winless at 0-2.
The WFG Masters continues with Draw 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Tickets are available at the door or online at masters.goigniter.com.
The WFG Masters is the third event of the 2022-23 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season featuring 16 of the top men’s teams and 16 of the top women’s teams from around the world. … Round-robin play runs through to Friday as teams play four games against opponents outside of their pools. … The top eight teams overall advance to Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinals. The semifinals are set for Saturday evening with both finals on tap for Sunday.