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April 4, 2018
USA halts losing skid at 361° World Men’s Championship
(LAS VEGAS) – Team USA is back in the win column at the 361° World Men’s Curling Championship thanks to an 8-5 victory this afternoon over Germany at the Orleans Arena.
Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and his team of Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Colin Hufman (St. Paul, Minn.), and Phil Tilker (Seattle) had been on the brink of winning so many of their round robin games and came through in the end today as they took down Alexander Baumann’s team.
“It feels pretty good to get a win – finally,” Persinger said. “This wasn’t even our best played game. We have played a lot of good games this week. To finally come out with a win feels pretty nice.”
The victory is just the second for the Americans, who are now 2-6 in the 12-game round robin.
“We’ve played better than that a lot of times and lost. We struggled a little. The ice was kinda curling one way and running straighter another way, but we pulled it through and got a couple breaks for once … and got a win. It’s huge – I’m not going to lie – because it’s been a long time. We’re really happy,” Ruohonen said.
The Americans were overdue for a win after many heartaches this week when the final stone was not kind to the team.
“We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing. Today and last night we just didn’t play very well. We just need to re-focus and make the shots we know how to make,” Hufman said. “Phil and I didn’t position rocks very well in this game and that’s the opposite of what has normally been. We need to re-focus and figure that out.”
The U.S. will have the next two draws off and back-to-back games on Thursday afternoon against Italy (3-5) and then Canada (6-1) in the night session. The USA-Canada game will stream live online and will be on a one-hour delay on TV on NBCSN.
“We’ll talk about some things we need to clean up a little bit because that game wasn’t our best game like I said. There are little things here and there we definitely need to clean up, especially for tomorrow’s games,” Persinger said.
The U.S. made a double takeout with the final stone of the second end to score one and get the offense going. Germany answered with an open draw for two points, but the U.S. made a hit and stay for two in the following end.
Germany continued the deuce trend in the fifth end as they tapped out an American stone to score two. The U.S. made a takeout for two points as well with the final stone in the sixth end to continue the back-and-forth storyline. After the seventh end was blanked, Germany had a draw set up for two points in the but the final stone looked to have picked up some debris down its path and came up well short of the rings.
When Germany’s freeze attempt with their last stone of the ninth end didn’t get into first position, the U.S. had a draw into the four-foot to put two more points on the scoreboard.
The U.S. made the shots that mattered the most in the 10th end and the only chance Germany had at scoring two to force an extra end was a cross-house double takeout. The Germans only removed one and their shooter stone rolled out of the rings as the U.S. collected another point, and more importantly, the win.
*USA 010 202 002 1 – 8
Germany 002 020 010 0 – 5
*last stone in first end (hammer)
Other draw results: Italy 10, Japan 6; Netherlands 6, China 5; Switzerland 7, Russia 6 (extra end)
Here is a look at Team USA’s round robin & TV schedule (all times local, PDT):
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
The top six teams will qualify to Saturday’s playoffs. The two teams with the best round robin performance will earn direct berths to the semifinals. The other four teams will play in qualification games (#3 vs #6 and #4 vs. #5) on Saturday morning with the winners moving on to the semifinals.
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
Russia 7, USA 6
USA 8, Germany 5
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