Team World takes narrow lead after day 1 at the Cup

Jan. 12, 2012, 10:02 a.m. (ET)
The American men led by Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) struggled in the team's 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling debut tonight as the first round of men's team competition got underway at the Langley Events Centre.

Team Fenson, making its second consecutive appearance at the Continental Cup, were anemic on offense tonight against Team World's Tom Brewster rink of Scotland. Fenson and his team of Shawn Rojeski (Chisholm, Minn.), Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) and Ryan Brunt (Bemidji, Minn.) found difficulty with broom placement and the rocks throughout the match in an eventual 7-1 loss.

"I struggled a little bit early in the game putting the broom down and just getting it the exact spot," said seven-time U.S. champion Fenson. "This ice is really good but just a little sensitive. Joe had a couple of rocks that we had trouble with. I really had trouble with them most of the game. We knew we had 'em ... I just wasn't able to get it just right. We had a couple of different problems with them. Our guards got a little close to the house a couple of times but mostly we struggled with Joe's rocks."

Read the full press release below.

Source: 
 USA Curling

Author: 
 Terry Kolesar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 12, 2012
Team World takes narrow lead after first day at 2012 Continental Cup
(LANGLEY, British Columbia) – The American men led by Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) struggled 
in the team’s 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling debut tonight as the first 
round of men’s team competition got underway at the Langley Events Centre.
Team Fenson, making its second consecutive appearance at the Continental Cup, were anemic
on offense tonight against Team World’s Tom Brewster rink of Scotland. Fenson and his team of 
Shawn Rojeski (Chisholm, Minn.), Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) and Ryan Brunt (Bemidji, Minn.) 
found difficulty with broom placement and the rocks throughout the match in an eventual 7-1 
loss.
“I struggled a little bit early in the game putting the broom down and just getting it the exact 
spot,” said seven-time U.S. champion Fenson. “This ice is really good but just a little sensitive. 
Joe had a couple of rocks that we had trouble with. I really had trouble with them most of the 
game. We knew we had ‘em … I just wasn’t able to get it just right. We had a couple of different 
problems with them. Our guards got a little close to the house a couple of times but mostly we 
struggled with Joe’s rocks.”
The Americans fell behind early as Brewster and the boys drew for two in the first end and 
capitalized on a miss by Fenson in the second to steal a single and go up 3-0. The U.S. got on the 
scoreboard with a single in the third end as Fenson was facing three Team World rocks. 
“I missed a double in the second. The guys made some good shots in the second, and I had a 
double for the tie and I didn’t throw it very good and gave them one,” Fenson said. “We played 
OK after that but we were down so far by then and obviously they [Brewster] are a good team.”
The Scottish men held on to the hammer in the fourth but patience paid off as they earned a 
deuce in the fifth and stole two from Fenson in the sixth when he couldn’t convert an angle raise 
double takeout. Things didn’t get better thereafter as the seventh end was blanked and the 
Americans, trailing by six, ran out of stones in the eighth as the Scots secured the 7-1 win and six 
points towards Team World’s cumulative total. 
“We were a little bit spotty tonight so hopefully we make up for it tomorrow,” Fenson said. 
Canada’s Jeff Stoughton defeated Team World’s Niklas Edin, 8-3, to grab six points for Team 
North America. Glenn Howard converted a double takeout with the last rock of the game to 
secure the tie against Thomas Ulsrud, 4-4, to earn both sides three points as the chase to 201 
points continues. Four of nine games today resulted in splitting of points, which isn’t a typical 
Cup pattern. 
“It’s going to be pretty tight,” Brewster said about the competition. “I think we are going to be 
pretty much evenly matched. It just comes down to who makes the shots on the day. Most 
games have been pretty tight – one end here or there. We had a couple of steals there. Niklas 
had one bad end.Action tomorrow mirrors today’s schedule with women’s team competition in the morning, 
mixed doubles in the afternoon and men’s team competition. Patti Lank and the American 
women will face Sweden’s Anette Norberg at 8:30 a.m. PT. 
Webstreaming from the games can be found online at http://www.worldcurling.org/worldfinancial-group-continental-cup-2012-web-coverage, courtesy of the World Curling Federation 
and TSN.
Line scores, men’s team competition:
*Team World (Brewster) 210 022 0x – 7 
Team North America (Fenson) 001 000 0x – 1 
*Team World (Edin) 001 020 0x – 3
Team North America (Stoughton) 010 402 1x – 8 
*Team World (Ulsrud) 200 100 10 – 4
Team North America (Howard) 000 011 02 – 4 
*last rock in first end
Competition World N. America
Women's Team - Round 1 9 9 
Mixed Doubles - Round 1 12 6 
Men's Team - Round 1 9 9
Women's Team - Round 2
Mixed Doubles - Round 2
Men's Team - Round 2
Skins - A
Singles Competition
Skins - B
Skins - C 
Women - - Skins - C - Men
GRAND TOTAL 30 24
Friday, January 13
Draw 4 8:30 am Women’s Team Games (eight ends) -18 points
(Six points for a win, three points for a tie)
Sheet A World (Anette Norberg) vs North America (Patti Lank)
Sheet B World (Bingyu Wang) vs North America (Amber Holland) 
Sheet C World (Eve Muirhead) vs North America (Stefanie Lawton)
Draw 5 1:00 pm Mixed Doubles - 18 points 
(Six points for a win, three points for a tie)
Sheet A World (Torger Nergård & Bingyu Wang) vs North America (Craig Savill & Patti Lank)
Sheet B World (Fredrik Lindberg & Eve Muirhead) vs
North America (Ben Hebert* & Stefanie Lawton) 
Sheet C World (Greg Drummond & Anna Sloan) vs
North America (Joe Polo & Amber Holland)
Draw 6 7:00 pm Men’s Team Games (eight ends) – 18 points
(Six points for a win, three points for a tie)
Sheet A World (Niklas Edin) vs North America (Glenn Howard) 
Sheet B World (Thomas Ulsrud) vs North America (Pete Fenson) 
Sheet C World (Tom Brewster) vs North America (Jeff Stoughton) 
This is the eighth edition of the Continental Cup, which features Team North America composed 
of four Canadian and the two U.S. teams taking on six of the top European and Asian teams 
representing Team World in skins, mixed skins, singles, mixed doubles, and team competitions 
during the four-day event.
Each discipline is weighted with points the two sides can earn. The first to reach 201 points is 
declared the winner. The event began in 2002 in Regina, Saskatchewan, with all subsequent 
events taking place in Canada as well. North America holds a 4-3 advantage over Team World
after their dominating Cup win in 2011 in St. Albert, Alberta. This year, the winning side will earn 
$52,000 in prize money with the losing team receiving $26,000 divided amongst the athletes, 
captains and coaches. An additional $13,000 will go to the winning side of the final men’s skins 
game. 
Visit www.curling.ca/championships/continentalcup/ to find out more.
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, RAM Restaurant & 
Brewery and Nike, and is partnered with CurlingZone.
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For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 715-344-1199, Ext. 
202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).

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