USA Curling

USA picks up second win in China

By Terry Kolesar | March 31, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)
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March 31, 2014

USA picks up second win at 2014 World Men's Championship in China

(BEIJING) - Consistency was the key to Team USA's victory this afternoon at the 2014 World Men's Curling Championship presented by Ford of Canada as Pete Fenson guided the Americans to their second win.

Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) and teammates Shawn Rojeski (Chisholm, Minn.), Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.), and Ryan Brunt (Portage, Wis.) defeated John Jahr's German rink, 8-3, to improve to 2-3 in the round robin being played at the Beijing Capital Gymnasium. 

"We played good today. We made a series of shots in a row today unlike some of the other games where we'd make one and then miss one, make two and miss one," said Fenson, 46, who is playing in his eighth world championship. 

The U.S. shot 86 percent in today's win and took advantage as German last rock thrower Felix Schulze missed several key shots.

"We strung together a series of good shots, put some pressure on them and forced him to answer. He (Schulze) was a little off today and that always helps," Fenson said. 

With five games in, the U.S. is sitting in eighth place with six games left on the round robin schedule this week. The top four teams will advance to Friday's Page playoffs.

"Front to back in the lineup, everyone played pretty solid as opposed to this morning when I missed a few key ones," said Fenson, who won the men's national title earlier this month in Philadelphia. "Shawn played real well tonight and Joe just always plays good and that was obviously the key to winning. At an event like this you have to do that for a long period of time." 

The U.S. had the deuce set up early in the first end but a key rollout after a hit allowed Germany to limit the USA's offense. The Americans wanted to blank the first end but Fenson's takeout resulted in a nose hit for a single point.

USA's front end once again set the next end up well, getting two stones buried behind guards right away. Germany was eventually forced to draw behind the center guard into the four-foot for a point. In the third end, the U.S. was productive right from the start and quickly had two stones hidden behind a corner guard to keep the Germans chasing. After Jahr was heavy with his second vice skip stone, the U.S. drew in a third counter - on the opposite of the rings. Schulze, trying to put a damper on the USA's offense, drew down to the U.S. stone behind the corner guard. However, it rubbed the American stones and was left for Fenson to chip out to sit four. Schulze removed two with his final stone and the U.S. took a 4-1 lead after making a hit-and-stay for three points.

Germany had a deuce set up in the fourth end but rolled out on the final takeout and had to settle for a single again. After a measurement in the fifth end, the U.S. earned a deuce to take a 6-2 lead. Germany was attempting to blank the sixth end but flashed the open takeout and the U.S. was spotted a point. In the seventh end, Germany was faced with two U.S. stones in the four-foot as they played their final stone. Schulze tried to play the double takeout but only removed one and the U.S. stole another point. 

Things did not improve much for the Germans in the eighth end either. The U.S. made peel attempts with ease and took advantage of heavy draw shots by their opponent to place two stones in the house. Germany made a takeout with the final stone and then offered the handshake to conclude the game.

Up next on the round robin schedule for Team USA are games against Scotland (0-4) and Canada (3-1) at 2 p.m. The USA-Canada game will be featured live on webstream via NBC Universal Sports and the WCF YouTube channel. In addition, the game will be on TV on Universal Sports at 2 a.m. ET.

Host China earned its second win of the tournament with a last-rock victory over the Czech Republic, 6-5. Scotland got into the win column after holding off Switzerland in an extra end, 10-9. The Swiss looked to have the game in hand until their final stone of the 10th picked up debris and they missed a takeout that allowed the Scots to draw in for three points. Scotland then stole the extra end to earn the victory. It took Sweden an extra end to shake off Russia, 7-6, as the Swedes moved into tie for fourth place with Germany.

USA line score:
*USA 103 021 10x x - 8 
Germany 010 100 01x x - 3 

Draw 7 scores: USA 8, Germany 3; China 6, Czech Republic 5; Scotland 10, Switzerland 9 (extra end); Sweden 7, Russia 6 (extra end)

Draw 6 scores: Denmark 9, Germany 4; Canada 9, Russia 1; Norway 6, Sweden 3; Japan 9, USA 5

Draw 5 scores:  Norway 9, Czech Republic 5; Switzerland 6, Denmark 5; Japan 9, Scotland 4; Canada 9, China 6

Standings:
1. Norway 4-0
2. Canada 3-1
2. Japan 3-1
4. Germany 3-2
4. Sweden 3-2
6. Switzerland 2-2
6. China 2-2
8. USA 2-3
9. Czech Republic 1-3
9. Denmark 1-3
9. Scotland 1-3
12. Russia 1-4

Two USA round robin games will be streamed live via NBC Universal Sports at http://universalsports.com/watch-live/ and also at www.youtube.com/WorldCurlingTV. In addition, the semifinal and medal games will be streamed on Universal. These games also will air on TV on tape delay on Universal Sports (check your local cable listings). 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.

Here is a look at Team USA's round robin schedule (all times listed as CST, China Standard Time):
* Tuesday, April 1: USA v. Scotland, 9 a.m.; USA v. Canada, 2 p.m. (live on webstream; 2 a.m. ET tape delay on TV/Universal Sports)
* Wednesday, April 2: USA v. China, 2 p.m.* (live on webstream; 2 a.m. ET on TV/Universal Sports); USA v. Denmark, 7 p.m.
* Thursday, April 3: USA v. Norway, 9 a.m.; USA v. Switzerland, 7 p.m.
* Friday, April 4: Tiebreaker games (9 a.m., 2 p.m.); Page playoff, 7 p.m.
* Saturday, April 5: Page playoff, 11 a.m.; 4 p.m., semifinal* (live on webstream; 4 a.m. ET on TV/Universal Sports)
* Sunday, April 6: Bronze-medal game, 10 a.m.* (live on webstream; 10 p.m. ET on April 5 TV/Universal Sports); Gold-medal game, 3 p.m.* (live on webstream; 3 a.m. ET on TV/Universal Sports)
*TV & webstreamed on NBC Universal Sports 

Event information links:
http://wmcc2014.curlingevents.com/
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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