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Mar 19 USA gets back into win column

By Terry Kolesar | March 19, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
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March 19, 2014

Team USA gets back in the win column at 2014 Women's World Championship 

(SAINT JOHN, NB, Canada) -Team USA snapped its four-game losing skid to get back in the win column at the 2014 Ford World Women's Curling Championship presented by Booster Juice with a 7-6 victory over the Czech Republic.

Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and the American ladies are now 4-4 in the round robin standings with three games remaining  in hopes of earning a playoff spot after defeating Anna Kubeskova's rink this morning at the Harbour Station.

"I think it was good for us; we know we need to win out from here on in to get ourselves in the mix, so it was a big win," said Pottinger, 40, who is skipping in her second world championship (12th appearance overall). "It was unfortunate what happened the past two days, kind of wrong side of the inch, starting slow in one game. So it was nice to come out and play well today."

Pottinger and teammates Nicole Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.), and Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) controlled the majority of the game against the Czech ladies but let a few gaffes late in the game send it to overtime. 

"The last couple of ends were just execution. We said to one another 'We just need to make more shots in the 11th end.' We knew we could do that," said Peterson, 25, who is making her second world women's championship appearance after winning a bronze at the world junior championships in 2010.

In getting back to their winning ways, the Americans shot 82 percent overall, compared to the Czech Republic's 74 output.

"I think right away, if we saw a rock that didn't react the way it was supposed to, we moved it right away. We didn't assume that the person was throwing it bad. We just moved it," Pottinger said.
 
The U.S. team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as Pottinger drew into the four-foot with the final stone to get the offense started for the Americans. After the second end was blanked, the U.S. then held the Czechs to a single in the third end as the U.S. placed three stones in the house. 

The U.S. set up a single steal in the fifth end as they used Pottinger's final stone to draw around a corner guard and place it in the back of the eight-foot. Kubeskova opted to draw around the congested side of the house and her stone rubbed on a guard and spun into the top of the 12-foot. 

A double takeout from Pottinger with her first stone set up a deuce for the U.S. in the seventh end. When Kubeskova's last rock slid through the house, the U.S. had a chance to draw in for three points. However, Pottinger's rock had too much weight and her rock also slid through the rings. 

The U.S. got a stone hidden in the top of the eight foot in the eighth end. The Czech Republic used its final shot attempt to run back the U.S. stone but it wasn't enough to score two points and they again settled for a single. 

USA wasn't really feeling much pressure in this game until the ninth end when Pottinger had to draw through a port in an attempt to score a single. Her final stone picked up some debris and came up well short of the house as the Czechs stole two points.

A number of misses by the Americans allowed guards to stay in play in the 10th end. Kubeskova used her final stone to draw around them into the back of the eight foot. Pottinger's final stone picked up debris and as a result was light as the Czechs stole another point to force an extra end.

The U.S. made all of their shots in the 11th end and the win was officially earned when Kubeskova's final stone was heavy and the Americans did not have to throw the final stone.

"It was a big win today because we had too many losses lately. We need to win out, basically, to hope for the best," Peterson said. "We're playing the same game. We've just had a few unlucky breaks, I feel like, and just haven't been able to adjust to the rocks. The ice has been trickier so we just need to pay more attention to it every end and re-group and talk about what's changing and staying the same - more communication." 

The U.S. has the afternoon draw off and returns to the ice tonight to take on Latvia (1-6). In other round robin action, Canada stole two points in the 10th end to defeat Germany, 7-5, and keep pace with Switzerland at the top of the standings. The Swiss ladies defeated Scotland, 10-5, after scoring five points in the fifth end. Canada and Switzerland are 7-1 followed by Sweden at 6-1. China earned its sixth straight victory after starting the tournament 0-2. The Sijia Liu rink from China, which is making its world championship debut, scored points in the first four ends en route to a 9-3 victory over Denmark.

USA line score:
*USA 200 110 200 01 - 7 
Czech Republic 001 001 012 10 - 6 
*last rock in first end

Draw 12 results: Switzerland 10, Scotland 4; USA 7, Czech Republic 6 (extra end); China 9, Denmark 3; Canada 7, Germany 5

Standings:
Canada (Homan) 7-1
Switzerland (Feltscher) 7-1
Sweden (Sigfridsson) 6-1
China (Liu) 6-2
Korea (Kim) 5-2
Russia (Sidorova) 5-2
USA (Pottinger) 4-4
Scotland (Barr) 2-6
Latvia (Regza) 1-6
Denmark (Dupont) 1-7
Germany (Lehmann) 1-7
Czech Republic (Kubeskova) 1-7

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):
* 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:
www.curling.ca/2014worldwomen-en/
www.worldcurling.org
www.usacurl.org 

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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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