USA to play for bronze at 2009 World Juniors

March 16, 2009, 11 a.m. (ET)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (March 14, 2009) - Chris Plys and Team USA will have to settle for playing for bronze, losing tonight to Denmark in the men's semifinal at the 2009 World Junior Championships at the Vancouver Olympic Centre.

Plys (Duluth) and teammates Aanders Brorson (Duluth), Matt Perushek (Eveleth, Minn.) and Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) will not get the chance to defend their gold medal won last year in Sweden after falling to Rasmus Stjerne's team 9-4.

In tonight's match-up, the Americans couldn't capitalize on key scoring opportunities. Tied 2-2 after two ends, the Danish men scored a second deuce and stole a key single in the following end when Plys missed a takeout. They would then hold the U.S. to singles from there on out. The back-breaker for the U.S. came in the eighth end when Denmark scored three points to put the game away.

"I had missed opportunities and just didn't make it happen; and that was it," Plys said. "We had the opportunities in a few and just didn't make it happen."

Denmark moves on to play Canada in tomorrow's gold-medal game. The Americans will play a familiar foe - Sweden's Oskar Erikkson, the team they beat to make it to the semifinal this year and the team they beat to win gold last year. The bronze-medal game gets underway at 1 p.m. PT.

"Tomorrow is a new day, and we have to come out and take care of it," Plys said. "Some times you win, and sometimes you don't; it's not something to hang our heads about."

In women's action, Canada advanced to the gold medal game after defeating Switzerland, 9-3, in the women's semifinal. They'll take on Scotland, the defending champions at 9 a.m. PT.

Live scoring from the event can be found online at

Line score:
USA men 020 010 10x x 4
Denmark* 202 101 03x x 9
*last stone in first end

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