American men earn silver medal at 2009 World Seniors in New Zealand

May 02, 2009, 9:04 p.m. (ET)

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - The American men led by Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.) captured the silver medal Saturday at the 2009 World Senior Championships in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Pustovar and teammates Brian Simonson (Hibbing), Tom Harms (Pengilly, Minn.) and Don Mohawk (Nashwauk, Minn.) fell to Canada's Eugene Hritzuk rink, 4-3, in the championship final. It was the sixth overall men's senior title for Canada. It also marked the fifth time the Americans men have won silver - all losses to Canada in the final. The U.S. won gold back in 2002, the inaugural year of the event. This was the second silver medal for Simonson, Harms and Mohawk who represented the U.S. in 2006 as well.

Today's gold-medal game didn't feature any ends with scoring bigger than singles. The Americans took at 2-0 lead after three with a steal of one but the Canadians would take the lead after scoring singles in the next three ends. The U.S. tied the game with one point in the seventh giving Canada the last-rock advantage to use for the win in the eighth and final end. 

Canada's Pat Sanders rink defeated Switzerland's Renate Nedkoff, 10-1, to win the women's title. In the bronze-medal matches, Scotland's Keith Prentice defeated Switzerland's Andre Pauli while Sweden's Ingrid Meldahl led her team to the women's bronze with a win over Scotland's Marion Craig.

Gold-medal game, line score:
Canada 000 111 01 4
*USA men 101 000 10 3