Following their win over France, Norway skip, Thomas Ulsrud, said:
“It feels good now (to have qualified for the play-offs). We had a team meeting after a couple of games when I think the record was 1 and 3, we said ‘well, it’s a long week. We need to stick in there and get the right feel for the ice’ and we have.
“Today was a tough game. In your head you think you have a good chance against France but they had a good game. The coach told us after the game he thought we played it a bit too safe, not going for big shots, just playing safe. But we were lucky enough to force him to take one in the last end which gave us hammer in the extra end and we pulled it off. They (France) could play like they did tonight - really well. I have had some other games against them when it is over early, but they are a good team.
On alternating Christopher and Thomas, Ulrsud said: “That’s the coach and a new policy In Norway. It’s not a team that comes it’s a national squad because we get some funding from the Norwegian Olympic Committee. So the coach picks the team, a bit like a soccer team. It’s working out for us but it is a new thing. We [the players] can’t decide ourselves, so I guess I’m going to have to give the coach a good Christmas present so that I can play.”