Five teams remain undefeated at Nationals

By Terry Kolesar | March 02, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
March 2, 2014

Five teams remain undefeated as day two of the 2014 USA Curling National Championships sweeps along in Philadelphia

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) - Three women's teams remain perfect after draw two of the 2014 USA Curling National Championships presented by Labatt. In addition, two of the 10 men's competing teams have unblemished records so far on day two at IceWorks Skating Complex.

Ten-time national champion and two-time Olympian Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) improved to 2-0 with a 6-4 win over fellow Olympian Cassie Potter (St. Paul, Minn.). Pottinger and teammates Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.), and Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) stole the final two ends last night and then drew for the win with the final rock this morning. 

"For us, we haven't been together as a team since January so it does take a game or two to knock off some of the rust," said Pottinger, who was the alternate for Erika Brown's team at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. "The team draw weight was better. The team communication on draw weight was better and rock placement was really good."

Team Pottinger stole points in the fourth and fifth ends to take a 4-1 lead and managed the scoreboard in the latter ends to earn the win with the last stone. "That full 10th end we were planning on having to draw," Pottinger said about her last shot for the win. 

Teams skipped by Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.) and Alex Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.) also improved to 2-0 with key wins this morning. Spatola's rink defeated Amy Lou Anderson, 7-3, while Team Carlson got past Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.), 9-8, with Carlson drawing into the rings to score two points for the win.

The all-sister rink of Sarah Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Taylor Anderson (Broomall, Pa.), Courtney Slata (Aston, Pa.), and Emily Anderson (Broomall, Pa.) got into the win column with a 6-3 victory over Abigayle Lindgren (0-2).

"I think we kept our heads in it the whole time. We really caught on to the ice pretty quick, which helped us throughout the whole game," said Sarah Anderson, 18. "We had our draw weight and we just had fun and are improving each game."

The Anderson twins finished second at the recent 2014 Junior Nationals and qualified with their older sisters for the 2014 Nationals here in Philadelphia, which is where the four Anderson sisters curl.  "I have so many people coming up to me and wishing me the best of luck," Sarah Anderson said about playing in her hometown. "It's really nice to have the support from everyone here."

"It's definitely a lot of fun and relaxed," Sarah Anderson said about competing with her sisters. "I really like having Courtney being my vice. We all know what to say to each other if someone is down. We really trust each other so it's great." 

In the men's second draw, two-time national champion and 2014 Olympian Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.) made quick work out of Heath McCormick's rink as Brown's team scored four points in the third and five more in the fifth to win 9-2. 

Shuster's team stole a point in the eighth end to tie the game at 5-5 after Fenson's draw came up light facing two Shuster stones hidden in the four-foot.  After Fenson's team blanked the ninth end, Shuster placed his final stone on the button behind a guard center guard. Fenson missed the runback with the last rock of the game and Shuster's team stole the point and the win to remain undefeated. 

Joining the Shuster rink in the undefeated ranks is the Alex Leichter rink. Leichter (Wayland, Mass.) and teammates Brandon Corbett (Rochester, N.Y.), Derek Corbett (Rochester, N.Y.), and Jeff Pulli (Rochester, N.Y.) made a takeout in the 10th end to defeat Peter Stolt's team, 7-5.

The Leichter rink stole four points in the second end to take the early lead over Stolt's team. Another steal in the following end and the game was in their control.

 "The second end was really big. We got the rocks in good places and put the pressure on them and came through," Brandon Corbett said. "That was really big. The rest of the game it was just defending."

2010 national champion Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.) got his team into the win column with a 9-7 win over Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.). The defending champions from Seattle also picked up their first victory. Brady Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.) converted a tap-back for the win against Eric Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.).

The round robin continues on today with games at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. (all times ET). The live webstream is available throughout the championship courtesy of USA Curling's partnership with the 12th End Sports Network. All the action from Sheet C/3 is being streamed live. A complete game schedule is available at In addition, live scores, stats and standings from USA Curling partner CurlingZone. 

Game scores, 8 a.m. (women): Spatola 7, A. Anderson 3; George 10, Coleman 3; S. Anderson 6, Lindgren 3; Carlson 9, Maroldo 8; Pottinger 6, Potter 4

Game scores, 12 p.m. (men): Brown 9, McCormick 2; George 9, Pustovar 7; Clark 8, E. Fenson 7; Shuster 6, P. Fenson 5; Leichter 7, Stolt 5

Women's Standings:
Alex Carlson (Wayzata, Minn.) 2-0
Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 2-0
Nina Spatola (McFarland, Wis.) 2-0
Sarah Anderson (Broomall, Pa.) 1-1
Courtney George (St. Paul, Minn.) 1-1
Caitlin Maroldo (Rochester, N.Y.) 1-1
Cassie Potter (St. Paul, Minn.) 1-1
Amy Lou Anderson (Plymouth, Minn.) 0-2
Gabrielle Coleman (Mountain View, Calif.) 0-2
Abigayle Lindgren (Grand Forks, N.D.) 0-2

Men's Standings:
Alex Leichter (Wayland, Mass.) 2-0
John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.) 2-0
Craig Brown (Madison, Wis.) 1-1
Brady Clark (Lynnwood, Wash.) 1-1
Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) 1-1
Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.) 1-1
Heath McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario) 1-1
Peter Stolt (Plymouth, Minn.) 1-1
Eric Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) 0-2
Paul Pustovar (Hibbing, Minn.) 0-2

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