USA women score eight ender as Americas Challenge begins in Duluth

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 27, 2017, 6:35 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

Jan. 27, 2017

USA ladies score eight-ender as Americas Challenge gets underway in Duluth

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Nina Roth and the American women left no doubt that they want the United States to be competing in the 2017 World Women’s Curling Championship in March in China.

Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and teammates Tabitha Peterson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) scored the rare eight-ender in the sixth end against Brazil’s Aline Goncalves rink this afternoon at the Americas Challenge at the Duluth Curling Club in Duluth, Minn. Brazil would offer the handshake to end the game after the Americans’ offensive explosion resulted in a lopsided 16-2 scoreboard.  

USA and Brazil are competing in a best-of-five series to determine which country will earn the second Americas Zone spot in the 2017 World Women’s and World Men’s Championships this spring. USA’s John Shuster rink defeated Brazil’s Marcelo Mello rink, 8-6, which was the featured match on the live webstream. The teams will return to the ice at 7:30 tonight for the second round.

Roth’s team was well in control of the scoreboard before the eight-ender occurred. After opening the game with a deuce, the U.S. ladies held Brazil to a single point and then scored five in the third end.  

The U.S. men were heavy with its final stone of the opening end and had to settle for a single point to start the game. Brazil opted to play a more open second end and the teams exchanged hits and draws with no guards in play. Brazil was eventually forced to make a takeout to accept a single point. Shuster’s team navigated a port to get to the Brazil shot stone in the four-foot to remove it and score two points in the third end. After forcing Brazil to a single point again in the fourth end, the U.S. made another precise takeout to score two more points and extend the lead to 5-2 at the halfway mark.

After missing their final shot in the sixth to allow a single steal for the U.S., Brazil capitalized on a miss by the U.S. in the seventh end to finally put a deuce on the scoreboard. The teams would then exchange deuces in the latter ends as Brazil tried to close the gap. In the 10th end, Brazil was fighting the time clock and the scoreboard but played a strong end. With Brazil’s final rock, they needed a takeout to leave two stones in the house to force the U.S. to earn the win on the last shot. But Brazil’s rock was swept out of the rings after the hit, which didn’t leave enough stones in the house in their favor and the Americans didn’t need to throw the final rock with the win in hand.

Twelve teams compete at both the men’s and women’s world curling championships each year. Two countries from the Americas Zone, encompassing North and South America, can earn berths to the world championships (two per world championship). Since the inception of the world championships, the only two World Curling Federation (WCF) member associations to represent the Americas Zone have been Canada and the United States.

Canada has already qualified for the 2017 Ford World Championship in Edmonton by finishing higher than the U.S. at the 2016 World Men’s Championship last spring in Switzerland and also by virtue of hosting this year’s world event.  Canada (fourth) also finished higher than the U.S. (sixth) at the 2016 World Women’s Championship in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Line scores:

*USA (John Shuster)       102 021 020 x – 8

Brazil (Marcelo Mello)   010 100 202 x – 6

*USA (Nina Roth)            205 108 xxx x – 16

Brazil (Aline Goncalves) 010 010 xxx x – 2

Schedule & results:

Game 1: 2:30 p.m. CT Friday. USA women 16, Brazil 2; USA men 8, Brazil 6

Game 2: 7:30 p.m. CT Friday

Game 3: 11 a.m. CT Saturday

Game 4 (if required): 7 p.m. CT Saturday

Game 5 (if required): 9 a.m. CT Sunday

Live scores are available for all games via www.usacurl.org.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, Brakebush, Jet Ice, and Ki Mobility, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, and CurlingZone.

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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).