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USA upends Swiss to improve to 2-1 at 2009 Ford World Men's Championship

April 05, 2009, 12 a.m. (ET)

(MONCTON, New Brunswick) - Team USA carbo-loaded on offense to out-shoot Switzerland in a 10-3 lopsided affair Sunday night at the 2009 Ford World Men's Championship at the Moncton Coliseum.

 

John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.) and teammates Jason Smith (Duluth), Jeff Isaacson (Gilbert, Minn.) and John Benton (St. Michael, Minn.) sent the Swiss team, led by 2003 world silver medalist Ralph Stockli, to their second loss of the day while improving to 2-1 in the standings.

 

"We come out with the same game plan for each game and want to execute. We didn't execute this morning," Benton said. "I think if we can keep playing like we did tonight, we'll be all right."

 

The Americans were on the losing end of a 12-6 game earlier today, suffering their first loss of the round robin at the hands of the Scots.

 

"Those losses haven't really hurt us too much all year," said Benton, who's playing in his first world championship. "You could say that it fires us up a bit."

 

The U.S. capitalized early when Stockli was forced to draw for a single after he missed his first takeout attempt of the American stone in the back of the house. He'd come up a good two feet short of the rings, however, giving the Americans the opening-end steal of two.

 

Stockli and the Swiss answered with a deuce to tie the game in the second when Shuster missed a takeout. Back with the last-rock advantage in his pocket, Shuster would crack the whip by drawing in for three points to take a 5-2 edge. The Americans would pounce for one more point in the fifth end, leaving the Swiss scrambling in the second half.

 

Spectacular shooting by the U.S. in the sixth end forced Stockli to just a single. The U.S. got two stones on opposite sides of the four-foot in the seventh end with Shuster making a takeout with his first toss to leave four U.S. stones in the house and no Swiss rocks in sight. Stockli used his final throw to make a hit and roll for shot rock in the four-foot buried behind a center guard but Shuster, the 2006 Olympic bronze medalist, coolly chipped it out to hang four more points on the scoreboard, prompting the handshake from the Swiss men.

 

The Americans return to the ice at 10 a.m. tomorrow to take on Norway's Thomas Ulsrud rink - winners of the bronze medal at last year's worlds in Grand Forks, N.D. The Norwegians (3-0) have been the front-runners along with Canada's Kevin Martin, the defending champions, throughout the opening weekend.

 

Game scores: USA 10, Switzerland 3; France 8, Japan 2; Canada 9, China 4; Scotland 11, Germany 8

 

Team USA line score:

Switzerland*      020 001 0xx x                3

USA                 203 010 4xx x                10

*last rock in first end

 

Standings:

Canada                         3-0

Norway                         3-0

France                          2-1

Scotland                       2-1

USA                             2-1

Czech Republic             1-2

Denmark                       1-2

Finland                         1-2

Germany                       1-2

Japan                           1-2

Switzerland                   1-2

China                            0-3

 

Universal Sports will air 12 hours of TV coverage from Moncton, featuring the following games:

* April 11: USA vs. Germany, 7 p.m. ET (tape-delayed)

* April 11: USA vs. Canada, 11:30 p.m. ET (tape-delayed)

* April 12: Semifinal/bronze, 7 p.m. (tape-delayed)

* April 12: Final, 11:30 p.m. ET (tape-delayed)

* In addition, on-demand webstreaming of several of the U.S. games will be featured onwww.universalsports.com.

* Live end-by-end scoring from the Ford World Men's Championship is available online athttp://www.usacurl.org/curlingrocks. All times posted are local (1 hour ahead of Eastern Time Zone).

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