USA Curling

Mar 09 Junior teams stumble on Day 2 of 2009 World Juniors

March 09, 2009, 10:53 a.m. (ET)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (March 6, 2009) - After winning their opening matches at the 2009 World Junior Championships yesterday, both American teams stumbled today at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.

Alexandra Carlson's team gave up multiple steals late in their match tonight against Switzerland's Marisa Winkelhausen rink to drop to 1-1 in the standings as they fell 10-7.

Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.) and vice skip Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) both struggled, shooting 55 and 44 percent respectively. As a team, along with Tara Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Sophie Brorson (Duluth, Minn.), the Americans shot just 62 percent compared to the Swiss ladies' 72 percent on a day when both Brorson and Tabitha Peterson celebrated their birthdays.

The Swiss took an early 4-0 lead after scoring three points with the last-rock advantage to begin the game and stealing a single in the second end. After exchanging deuces, Carlson's team began to rally as they rattled off five points in the following two ends to take a 7-6 lead after six ends played. The Swiss women, who remain undefeated, would make a comeback and score in the game's final three ends for the 10-7 win.

The U.S. women return to the ice at 9 a.m. PT Saturday to take on the defending champions from Scotland (2-1).

Speaking of defending champions, in the afternoon draw, USA's Chris Plys rink struggled in a 7-3 loss to Denmark's Rasmus Stjerne rink to fall to 1-1 in the standings. Plys (Duluth, Minn.) and his 2008 world junior gold medal-winning teammates Aanders Brorson (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Perushek (Eveleth, Minn.) and Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) fell behind quickly to the Danish men. They'd trail 5-0 after four ends and wouldn't generate much offense after that in the loss.

The men return to the ice at 7 PT tonight against Norway (2-0).

The top four teams at the conclusion of the round robin in each division advance to the page system of playoffs beginning Friday night. The gold medal games are set for 4 p.m. PT March 15.

Line scores:
Switzerland* 310 200 112 x 10
USA women 002 032 000 x 7

Denmark* 021 100 201 x 7
USA men 000 020 010 x 3
*last stone in first end

Men's standings:
Canada 2-0
Denmark 2-0
Switzerland 1-0
Norway 1-1
Sweden 1-1
USA 1-1
China 0-1
Germany 0-1
Scotland 0-1
Russia 0-2

Women's standings:
Canada 3-0
Switzerland 2-0
Scotland 2-1
Denmark 1-1
Russia 1-1
USA 1-1
Czech Rep. 1-2
France 1-2
Japan 0-2
Sweden 0-2

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