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April 3, 2018
Sweden keeps undefeated streak intact with win over USA at 361° World Men’s Championship
(LAS VEGAS) – Greg Persinger and the American men are trying hard to get back into the win column at the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship but didn’t have their A Game today in a lopsided loss to Sweden this afternoon.
Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and teammates Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Colin Hufman (St. Paul, Minn.), and Phil Tilker (Seattle) are now 1-5 in the round robin, which continues through Friday night at Orleans Arena.
“We knew it was gonna be a tough game and even if we lost we’re still in it. We just got behind early and that’s not a team you want to do that against,” Ruohonen said.
A win streak starting tomorrow is now imminent for Team USA if they want to reach the six-team playoffs this weekend.
“We’ve still got six games left and have a good opportunity to get ourselves to .500 or better. As we saw in the women’s [world championship] this is a new format that .500 would likely get you a playoff bid,” said Coach Phill Drobnick. “These guys have a lot of heart and played some really good games yesterday. If we bring that game tomorrow and come at the teams we’re playing, we should be okay. It just starts win one win.”
The team came up against the 2018 Olympic silver medalists led by Niklas Edin, who shot 95 percent in the win today.
“You saw some of the runbacks, but we expected that and knew that. That’s why we wanted to keep it close early and keep it tight without taking too many chances early,” Ruohonen said. “But the first two ends just killed us because we had our chance to get our deuce back after we made the mistake in the first end. That’s why we try to come up with a game plan and when you don’t execute it in the first end, it can get you in trouble.”
Sweden went for the deuce right out of the gates and sealed it with a draw into the four-foot. After holding the U.S. to a single in the fourth end, Sweden took advantage of an aggressive freeze that didn’t work out for the Americans and were able to eventually make a takeout to score three points.
The U.S. would be forced to hit and stay for a single point in the sixth end while facing two Swedish counters. Sweden earned another deuce in the seventh end to further put the game out of reach as they achieved win No. 6.
“We just have to re-focus, and I think everyone is feeling a little pressure now,” Ruohonen said. “We just need to let it go and play like we did the first four games. We just need to play like we know we can. It’s tough when you lose those two games yesterday the way we lost them. And then to come out and play Edin versus another team that might not be quite as strong. We knew what we had to do, and we didn’t execute. There’s no excuses we just didn’t play very well.”
The Americans have two games on tap on Wednesday as they take the ice against Russia (3-2) in the morning session and Germany (1-5) in the afternoon.
USA 000 101 0xx x – 2
*Sweden 200 030 2xx x – 7
*last stone in first end (hammer)
Draw 10 results: Canada 9, Japan 2; Scotland 8, Netherlands 3; Norway 6, China 5
Draw 9 results: Russia 6, Japan 5; Canada 7, Korea 6; Switzerland 6, Italy 5; Scotland 9, Germany 4
A complete TV schedule is posted at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2018/March/27/US-TV--and-webstream-schedule-for-2018-World-Mens-Championship.
Here is a look at Team USA’s round robin & TV schedule (all times local, PDT):
Wednesday, April 4:
8:30 a.m., USA vs. Russia (Alexey Timofeev) – Live on the Olympic Channel app & then aired on NBCSN at 9 a.m. (same day delay)
1:30 p.m., USA vs. Germany (Alexander Baumann) – Live on the Olympic Channel
5 p.m. Team USA autograph session & Up Close & Personal, The Patch
Thursday, April 5:
1:30 p.m., USA vs. Italy (Joel Retornaz)
6:30 p.m., USA vs. Canada (Brad Gushue) – Live on the Olympic Channel app & then aired on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. (same day delay)
Friday, April 6:
8:30 a.m., USA vs. China (Deija Zou) – Live on the Olympic Channel
6:30 p.m., USA vs. Switzerland (Marc Pfister) – Live on the Olympic Channel
Saturday, April 7:
8:30 a.m., Qualification games (#3 vs. #6; #4 vs. #5) – Live on the Olympic Channel app
1:30 p.m., Semifinal #1 – Live on the Olympic Channel
6:30 p.m., Semifinal #2 – Live on the Olympic Channel
Sunday, April 8:
12 p.m., Bronze-medal game – Live on the Olympic Channel
5 p.m., Gold-medal game – Live on NBCSN
USA round robin results:
USA 6, Japan 5
Netherlands 6, USA 4
Korea 7, USA 5
Norway 7, USA 5
Scotland 7, USA 6
Sweden 7, USA 2
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