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North America still in front

By Terry Kolesar | Jan. 18, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 18, 2014

Continental Cup continues at Orleans Arena

(LAS VEGAS) - Momentum swings highlighted the afternoon team competition at the Orleans Arena as two games ended in ties after the last rocks were thrown at the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup.

USA's Erika Brown rink missed its final two shots to allow Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson rink to score three points in the final end and force a 7-7 tie. Games ending in ties at the Cup mean that points are split amongst the teams. Canada's Mark Jacob's erred on his final stone and team World's David Murdoch rink escaped with a tie as well. The lone win for Team North America in this draw came from Canada's Rachel Homan rink as they defeated Team World's Eve Muirhead rink from Scotland, 5-4. 

"That was a roller coaster," Brown said. Team North America leads Team World, 15-12, with three draws left. The first side to eclipse 30 points will take the Cup title. This is the 10th time the event is being staged and first outside of Canada. North America has won the event five times previously. 

The game started with Sweden having control. The Swedes took the game's first three points over two ends. With the final stone of the second end, Brown made a takeout but her shooter stone rolled too far and the Swedes stole two points. Brown was forced to draw for a single in the third end but then played a perfect fourth end that resulted in a steal of four points when Maria Prytz, who throws final rocks for Sweden, was short of the house on the final draw of the end. 

With the momentum now swung in their favor, the U.S. ladies extended the lead after Sweden could not keep its final stone in scoring position after making a takeout. Sweden got back on the scoreboard in the fifth end with a single as Prytz removed a partially buried U.S. stone from the four-foot. 

Brown made a clutch takeout of a stone in the eight-foot to secure a single point in the seventh to take a three-point lead into the final end. A missed peel by Brown with her first stone of the eighth, allowed Sweden to draw a second stone behind the corner guard. 

"We struggled a little bit in the fourth end. I missed a draw and they took a four which didn't end well," Prytz said. "We had to fight back and there became an opportunity in the eighth end and we took it. It feels like we won, so it feels good."

The final team competition is set for 6:30 p.m. PT tonight. USA's John Shuster rink will battle Norway's Thomas Ulsrud. Watch it live on the World Curling Federation's YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ie8xefO9aE. 

Line scores:
World (Sigfridsson) 120 001 03 - 7  
North America (Brown) 001 410 10 - 7 

World (Murdoch) 000 100 21 - 4 
North America (Jacobs) 021 010 00 - 4

World (Ulsrud) 001 011 01 - 4 
North America (Stoughton) 210 100 10 - 5 
*last rock in first end

Competition World North America
Team-Round 1 2 1
Mixed Doubles, Rd1 1 2
Team-Round 2 0 3
Team-Round 3 1.5 1.5
Singles 5 1
Mixed Doubles, Rd2 0.5 2.5
Team-Round 4 1 2
Team-Round 5
Skins-Round 1
Skins-Round2
Grand Total 12 15

Here is a look at the matchups through Saturday (Sunday matchups TBA), all times PT:

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Team
Sheet A - Thomas Ulsrud (World) vs. John Shuster (North America)
Sheet B - Satsuki Fujisawa (World) vs. Jennifer Jones (North America)
Sheet C - Niklas Edin (World) vs. Jeff Stoughton (North America)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Skins competition (mixed, women, men)
Sunday, 6 p.m., Skins competition (mixed, women, men)

The Cup is a joint collaboration of USA Curling, the World Curling Federation, and the Canadian Curling Association, and is being staged outside of Canada for the first time. Live scoring can be found at http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/results/.

NBC Sports Network will televise two games. The U.S. women's team competition from Saturday will air on NBCSN from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. The U.S. men's team competition from Sunday, will air from 8-10 p.m. ET on Jan. 26. NBC Sports Live Extra - NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets - will stream NBCSN's coverage at NBCSports.com/liveextra. 

In addition, Universal Sports Network will televise two of Sunday's skins matches from the Cup. The first game will air from 5-7:30 p.m. ET on Monday, followed by the second skins match from 5-7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, BalancePlus and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, and is partnered with Hilton, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and 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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