USA women steal first win at 2009 World Junior Championships

March 05, 2009, 4:14 p.m. (ET)
STEVENS POINT, Wis. - A win is a win, and that's what the USA women posted in the opening draw of the 2009 World Junior Championships this afternoon at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.

Forced to draw for one in the ninth end to tie the game, Alexandra Carlson's Team USA got the steal set up in the 10th end to defeat Japan's Satsuki Fujisawa team, 9-8. Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.) made a near freeze to a Japan stone sitting in the back of the four-foot leaving the button open for Fujisawa to draw down to but she was off target with her final draw shot, handing the win to Carlson and teammates Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.), Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Sophie Brorson (Duluth, Minn.).

The Americans trailed early on when Japan stole a deuce in the third end and began to pull away at 4-1. After exchanging deuces, Carlson converted a raise takeout of the Japan stone on the button for four points to steal back the game's momentum.

Chris Plys will lead the American men at 2 p.m. PT today against Scotland. Carlson's team returns to the ice at 2 p.m. PT tomorrow to take on Switzerland (1-0).

Ten men's and 10 women's teams are competing at the World Junior Championships, which serves as the test event for the 2010 Olympic Games.

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Game scores: USA 9, Japan 8; Scotland 11, France 2; Canada 10, Denmark 2; Switzerland 10, Czech Republic 2

Line score:
Japan* 022 020 200 0 8
USA 100 204 011 9
*last stone in first end

Canada 1-0
Scotland 1-0
Switzerland 1-0
USA 1-0
Russia 0-0
Sweden 0-0
Czech Rep. 0-1
Denmark 0-1
France 0-1
Japan 0-1