Team World maintains modest lead at Cup
In the race to 201 points, Team World continues to have a slight lead over Team North America, 66-42, after two days of action at the Langley Events Centre. After a dominating performance last year when the Cup was nearly won by Saturday morning for Team North America, the Canada-USA teams have not yet won a round (four have resulted in ties while Team World won two rounds earlier). Tomorrow the point values increase as the skins and singles competitions begin. Both American teams are scheduled to take part in the "A" skins while USA's mother-daughter team of Patti Lank and Mackenzie Lank of Lewiston, N.Y., will also participate in mixed skins.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 13, 2012
Team World maintains modest lead at 2012 Continental Cup
(LANGLEY, British Columbia) – USA’s Pete Fenson rink was in the driver’s seat for most of the
match tonight but the end result was a tie in the final round of men’s team competition at the
2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup of Curling.
In the race to 201 points, Team World continues to have a slight lead over Team North America,
66-42, after two days of action at the Langley Events Centre. After a dominating performance
last year when the Cup was nearly won by Saturday morning for Team North America, the
Canada-USA teams have not yet won a round (four have resulted in ties while Team World won
two rounds earlier). Tomorrow the point values increase as the skins and singles competitions
begin. Both American teams are scheduled to take part in the “A” skins while USA’s motherdaughter team of Patti Lank and Mackenzie Lank of Lewiston, N.Y., will also participate in mixed
skins (See full schedule below).
Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) and teammates Shawn Rojeski (Chisholm, Minn.), Joe Polo (Duluth,
Minn.) and Ryan Brunt (Bemidji, Minn.) contributed three points to the overall tally tonight as
they faced Thomas Ulsrud’s team from Norway. A sweeping error by the Americans, however,
opened the door to a deuce opportunity for Norway to get the tie in a game that was mostly
maintained by the Americans.
“We controlled the whole game … and Joe and I overswept Pete’s second to last one there,” said
Brunt, who is playing in his second consecutive Cup. “We were just trying to freeze and maybe
bump it a little so we’d be sitting one and two. We just kinda jumped it.”
Aided by strong sweeping, the Americans earned a deuce to start the match. After forcing
Ulsrud to draw for a single in the third, the U.S. also had to settle for a single two ends later.
When Fenson went to throw his hammer shot in the fifth end, all of the other seven American
stones were scattered about the house with a cluster of red and yellow stones in and around
the four-foot. The Americans managed a single and took a modest 3-1 lead into the second half.
After Fenson made a takeout with his last rock of the sixth, Ulsrud was forced to draw against
three U.S. rocks to pull within a point at 3-2.
Fenson was then forced to draw for a single in the seventh end to extend to a 4-2 lead and get a
little breathing room for the eighth end. But, the Americans were not able to protect the lead
and surrendered two points to Norway for the tie.
“We played a lot better. We’re just throwing better and had a better feel for the ice,” said Brunt,
the reigning U.S. national champion. “It’s kind of an odd event because you don’t play very
much so you kind of sit around all day and then go out and play so you’re not as used to the
Glenn Howard’s North American team picked up six points after defeating Niklas Edin of
Sweden, 6-4. Jeff Stoughton’s Canadian team fell to Scotland’s Tom Brewster, 7-6, as the 18 points were distributed evenly tonight amongst both sides. The first team to reach 201 points is
declared the Cup champion.
“It was not easy at all. A draw for us here felt like a victory. We were struggling straight out of
the gates,” said Ulsrud, the 2010 Olympic silver medalist. “He was ahead for the whole game
and we managed to tie it up – so that’s a good feeling for us. But I know the feeling Pete Fenson
has now; it was the same feeling for us yesterday against Glenn Howard.”
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
Line scores, men’s team competition:
Team World (Ulsrud) 001 001 02 – 4
*Team North America (Fenson) 200 010 10 – 4
*Team World (Edin) 003 010 0x – 4
Team North America (Howard) 000 104 1x – 6
Team World (Brewster) 120 201 01 – 7
*Team North America (Stoughton) 003 010 20 – 6
*last stone 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 9 9
Mixed Doubles – Round 2 18 0
Men's Team – Round 2 9 9
Skins – A
Skins – B
Women – Skins – C
Men – Skins – C
GRAND TOTAL 66 42
Saturday, January 14
Draw 7 9 a.m. ‘A’ Skins (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed) Each game - 20 points available
Sheet A Women’s – World (Anette Norberg) vs. North America (Patti Lank)
Sheet B Mixed – World (Niklas Edin, Eve Muirhead, Christoffer Svae, Qingshuang Yue) vs.
North America (Glenn Howard, Sherry Anderson, Brent Laing, Sherri Singler)
Sheet C Men’s – World (Tom Brewster) vs. North America (Pete Fenson)
Draw 8 1:30 p.m. Singles - 32 points available
(Each of the six games is worth four points or two points for a tie, with an eight-point bonus
awarded to the side with the highest aggregate score from all matches. Each member of the team must throw at least one, but not more than two, of the required six shots, with one
thrower, two sweepers and one holding the broom.
Sheet A – World (Eve Muirhead) vs. North America (Amber Holland)
Sheet B – World (Bingyu Wang) vs. North America (Stefanie Lawton)
Sheet C – World (Anette Norberg) vs. North America (Patti Lank)
Sheet A – World (Niklas Edin) vs. North America (Pete Fenson)
Sheet B – World (Tom Brewster) vs. North America (Jeff Stoughton)
Sheet C – World (Thomas Ulsrud) vs. North America (Glenn Howard)
Draw 9 6:30 p.m. ‘B’ Skins (Men’s, Women’s and Mixed) Each game - 30 points available
Sheet A – Women’s World (Eve Muirhead) vs. North America (Amber Holland)
Sheet B – Mixed World (Thomas Ulsrud, Bingyu Wang, Greg Drummond, Sara Carlsson) vs.
North America (Jeff Stoughton, Patti Lank, Jon Mead, Mackenzie Lank)
Sheet C – Men’s World (Niklas Edin) vs. North America (Glenn Howard)
Sunday, January 15
Draw 10 – 10:30 a.m. ‘C’ Final Women’s Skins Game – 55 points available
Women’s – World (Bingyu Wang) vs. North America (Stefanie Lawton)
Draw 11 – 5 p.m. ‘C’ Final Men’s Skins Game – 55 points available
Men’s – World (Thomas Ulsrud) 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
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.
For more information: Terry Kolesar, USA Curling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 715-344-1199, Ext.
202, or 608-338-9900 (cell).