USA men post big win over Germany at 2009 World Juniors

March 09, 2009, 11:07 a.m. (ET)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (March 8, 2009) - Chris Plys and the USA men got right to work tonight bursting out of the hack with five points in the first end en route to an 11-3 victory over Germany's Konstantin Kaempf rink at the 2009 World Junior Championships at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.

"Right before the game Phil [Drobnick] told us to start the fire and go out there and get something big," said Aanders Brorson, vice skip. "Everyone came out firing."

Plys (Duluth, Minn.) and Brorson (Duluth) along with Matt Perushek (Eveleth, Minn.) and Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) followed that up with a steal of one in the second end when Kaempf was just a tad too heavy on his final draw to the four-foot.

The troubles continued for the winless Germans as the skipper wrecked on a guard in the third end and gave up four more points to fall behind 0-10. The Germans finally posted a single in the fourth end and a deuce in the sixth before shaking hands to end the game.

Shrugging off an earlier loss today to Sweden, the USA now sits at 3-2 in the standings with four games remaining in the round robin.

"We pretty much know that we need to win out," Brorson said. "I think when the pressure is on we tend to pick it up a notch. We're all starting to play better now."

The affects of playing in three major competitions in less than five weeks may be to blame for the Americans' slow start. "Going this many weeks in a row, it starts to get repetitive and boring," Brorson said. "I think we've turned the corner now." After winning the Junior Nationals on Feb. 14, the team went to the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which just concluded a week ago in Broomfield, Colo. They returned home for a few days before packing their bags to head here.

USA alternate Aaron Wald (Chisholm, Minn.) saw his first action tonight getting the nod in the fourth end to rest Hamilton.

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 score:
USA men* 514 010 xxx x 11
Germany 000 102 xxx x 3
*last stone in first end

Women's standings:
Canada 4-1
Scotland 4-1
Russia 3-1
Switzerland 3-1
USA 3-2
Denmark 2-3
France 2-3
Czech Rep. 1-4
Japan 1-4
Sweden 1-4

Men's standings:
Canada 4-0
Denmark 3-1
Sweden 3-1
China 2-2
Norway 2-2
Switzerland 2-2
USA 3-2
Scotland 1-3
Russia 1-3
Germany 0-5

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