USA evens record at WWUG with win over Canada

Feb. 01, 2017, 11:22 a.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

Feb. 1, 2017

Team USA 2-2 at Winter World University Games in Kazakhstan

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Led by Alex Leichter (Boston), Team USA evened its round robin record at the 2017 Winter World University Games with a 6-4 win over Canada’s Aaron Squires rink today in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Leichter and teammates Nate Clark (Nashua, N.H.), Chris Bond (Seattle), Calvin Weber (New York City), and Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) are now 2-2 in the men’s standings at Almaty Arena. Great Britain leads with a perfect 4-0 record with eight teams tied for second place at 2-2.

The American men lost their first two games of the round robin to Korea and the Czech Republic but have bounced back with two straight wins. Against Canada today, the U.S. took its first lead in the eighth end when they scored a deuce. After Canada blanked the ninth to keep the hammer for the final end, the U.S. ended up stealing a point for the win.

The round robin continues through Monday with the medal games on tap on Feb. 7. Results are posted at www.usacurl.org as well as www.fisu.net. You can also download the FISU app for live results.

The Winter World University Games feature competitions in alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, synchronized skating, ice hockey, short track speed skating, and snowboarding and are contested every four years. The U.S. won gold at the 2007 Winter World University Games in Italy, led by Olympian John Shuster.

Men’s standings:

Great Britain                      4-0

Canada                                2-2

Czech Republic                  2-2

Japan                                   2-2

Republic of Korea              2-2

Norway                               2-2

Russian Federation           2-2

Sweden                               2-2

USA                                      2-2

Kazakhstan                         0-4

USA game scores:

USA 6, Canada 4

USA 7, Sweden 6

Czech Republic 4, USA 3

Korea 7, USA 4

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).