Canada sweeps past USA

By Terry Kolesar | March 17, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2014

Canada sweeps past USA at 2014 Women's World Championship 

(SAINT JOHN, NB, Canada) - The luck of the Irish was not on Team USA's side today as Allison Pottinger and the Americans lost their second game on this Saint Patrick's Day at the 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship presented by Booster Juice.

The 9-3 lopsided loss to Canada's Rachel Homan rink tonight puts the American record at 3-2 in the 11-game round robin at the Harbour Station.

"That one was so not good that I think it was an off game. You forget about it, chuck it in the back and come back tomorrow," Pottinger said after the loss to their North American neighbors. 

Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and teammates Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.), and Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) chased Canada for most of the game, which lasted just six ends. 

"Some of our rocks were curling a bit more than we'd expect and the weight and the tracks were a lot different tonight," Joraanstad said. "We just didn't pick up fast enough on it so we were one step behind. We were also managing new rocks. That's the evolution of how new rocks are. They sometimes change. The temperature tonight was a little different from the last couple of games. So those types of things have an effect. With all the fans on one side, it can affect things. Normally we can get ahead of those things but tonight we just didn't." 

Team Canada out-shot USA 93 percent to 75 in earning the team's fourth victory.

"We definitely bounced back from yesterday," said Alison Kreviazuk, second for Team Canada. "We had a tough game (against Switzerland), but we learned from our mistakes and tried to build on that today. We got a little quiet on the ice yesterday when we weren't sure of the ice conditions and it came back to burn us in the end. We tried to make sure today that we kept up the communication. Nobody was quiet today, even if they were unsure of what was going on."

After the first end was blanked, Canada got the deuce set up early in the second and drew into the four-foot with Homan's last stone. Two key misses by the Americans late in the third end allowed Canada to place four stones into the rings with a path to the four-foot blocked. Pottinger played the perfect weight to raise an American stone from the top of the house into the four-foot for a single point to save the end for the U.S.

Similar to the previous end, the U.S. had significant key misses late in the fourth that allowed Canada to pile granite into the rings. When Pottinger's final draw through a port came up short of the house, Homan had a shot for four points to take a 6-1 lead over the Americans. 

"The decision was whether to tap or come around," Pottinger said about the final U.S. shot after calling a timeout. "From behind the house it didn't look like a lot of room there, but from the other end it actually was pretty good. We had the option to rub off of it if it hung a little bit so we decided to come under it. We threw it pretty hard but out there in the frost it never got there."

The U.S. tried to build momentum heading into the second half after scoring two points in the fifth end as Pottinger used the final American stone to draw in for two points. "To get the two back was kind of nice, but at that point, every end's a 10th end. It's hard to play five 10th ends against that kind of team," Pottinger said.

Canada, however, had other plans for the second half. With two Canadian stones already in scoring position, Pottinger used the final U.S. stone to draw around the center guard to hide her stone in the top of the button. Canada countered with a soft takeout for three points and the win as the U.S. team conceded thereafter.

The U.S. has two games on tap on Tuesday with Russia (3-2) at 2:30 p.m. ADT and against undefeated Switzerland in the evening session. 

"The round robin is a bit like a marathon and there are a lot of games yet left to play," Joraanstad said. "We'll just get out there tonight and match our stones and take it one game at a time. That's all you can really do."

Switzerland defeated Denmark, 7-3, to improve to 5-0 with key steals in the second half. China won its third straight game to improve to 3-2 after earning an 8-7 victory over Scotland by converting a takeout with the final stone of the game. Germany defeated the Czech Republic, 8-5, to earn the team's first victory of the championship.

USA line score:
USA 001 020 xxx x - 3 
*Canada 020 403 xxx x - 9 
*last rock in first end

Draw 8 results: Canada 9, USA 3; Switzerland 7, Denmark 3; China 8, Scotland 7; Germany 8, Czech Republic 5

Draw 7 results: Canada 8, Denmark 2; Sweden 10, Latvia 3; Scotland 6, Czech Republic 4; Korea 6, Russia 5 (extra end)

Draw 6 results: Switzerland 8, Latvia 2; Russia 7, Germany 3; Sweden 8, USA 5; China 8, Korea 6

Standings:
Switzerland (Feltscher) 5-0
Canada (Homan) 4-1
Sweden (Sigfridsson) 4-1
China (Liu) 3-2
Korea (Kim) 3-2
Russia (Sidorova) 3-2
USA (Pottinger) 3-2
Scotland (Barr) 2-3
Denmark (Dupont) 1-4
Germany (Lehmann) 1-4
Latvia (Regza) 1-4
Czech Republic (Kubeskova) 0-5

After the round robin concludes, the top four teams will advance to the Page playoffs on Friday. In the Page playoff format, the top two teams face off in the 1-2 game with the winner advancing to the final and the loser playing the winner of the game between the teams ranked third and fourth in a single semifinal. The winner of the semifinal becomes the other contender for the gold medal on Sunday. 

Here is a look at Team USA's round robin schedule (all times listed as ADT):
* Tuesday, March 18: USA v. Russia, 2:30 p.m.; USA v. Switzerland, 7:30 p.m.
* Wednesday, March 19: USA v. Czech Republic, 9:30 a.m.; USA v. Latvia, 7:30 p.m.
* Thursday, March 20: USA v. Korea, 9:30 a.m.; USA v. Scotland, 2:30 p.m.
* Friday, March 21: Tiebreaker games, if needed, 9:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.; Page 1-2 game, 7:30 p.m.
* Saturday, March 22: Page 3-4 game, 9 a.m.; semifinal, 2 p.m.
* Sunday, March 23: Bronze-medal game, 12 p.m.; gold-medal game, 7:30 p.m.

2018 Olympic Qualification:

In addition, the 2014 World Curling Championships mark the start of a new qualification period for the next Olympic Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

All WCF member associations competing in Saint John and at the 2014 World Men's Curling Championship in Beijing later this month will be eligible to enter the next WCF Olympic Qualification Event, which is scheduled to take place in December 2017 should they not make it to the 2018 Olympic Games on direct qualification.

TV & Webstream:

World Curling TV (WCTV), the television arm of the World Curling Federation, is providing extensive live and video-on-demand coverage to broadcasters around the world from Saint John. WCF broadcast partners for the event include TV4 in Sweden, Russia 2 in Russia, CCTV in China, Universal Sports Network in the USA, SporTV in Brazil, TSN in Canada (RDS in Quebec).

In addition, selected live coverage of the 2014 World Championship events is available via the World Curling Federation's YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV.

Event information links:
Social media:
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USA Curling is sponsored by AtomAmpd, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Sitrin, and The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, and is partnered with Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.

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For more information: Terry Kolesar, press officer, Team USA, terry.kolesar@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900.

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