American men finish round robin undefeated at 2009 World Seniors
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The U.S. men, led by six-time U.S. national champion Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.), finished the round robin with a perfect 5-0 record and will play Scotland in tomorrow's semifinals at the 2009 World Senior Championships at the Dunedin Ice Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.) and teammates, Brian Simonson (Hibbing, Minn.), Tom Harms (Pengilly, Minn.) and Don Mohawk (Nashwauk, Minn.) defeated Italy's Carlo Carrera rink, 7-2, in the round robin finale. The Americans earned the No. 1 seed in their pool and will face Scotland's Keith Prentice rink in tomorrow's semifinals. Prentice won the world senior title in 2007, the first for Scotland. Canada's Eugene Hritzuk will play Switzerland's Andrew Pauli in the other semifinal. Canada has won a leading five gold medals in the men's division since the event began in 2002.
The Americans piled on the offense against the winless Italians scoring a deuce in the opening end and stealing three more points in the third end to build a big lead. The Italians would score a deuce in the fourth end but the U.S. would add on singles in the next two ends, forcing Italy to concede the match.
This is the first appearance at the World Seniors for Pustovar but his teammates won the silver medal back in 2006 with Simonson as skip. Pustovar is one the most successful U.S. curling athletes and has twice been named USA Curling's Male Athlete of the Year.
The playoffs get underway at 9 a.m. Saturday. Live scoring from the event can be found online at http://2009nzwscc.co.nz/. All times are local (local time; 16 hours ahead of EST).
Italy 000 200 xx 2
*USA men 203 011 xx 7
*last rock in first end
New Zealand 2-5
New Zealand 1-4
*clinched playoff spot