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April 24, 2018
American men pick up extra-end win over Russia at World Senior Championships
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Jeff Wright and the U.S. men outlasted Russia this afternoon to improve to 2-1 at the 2018 World Senior Championships in Ostersund, Sweden.
Wright (Libertyville, Ill.) and his team of Russ Armstrong (Lake Bluff, Ill.), Sean Silver (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Russ Brown (Lake Forest, Ill.), and Steve Waters (Evanston, Ill.) scored a single in an extra end to get past Russia’s Igor Minin at Ostersund Arena.
The defensive battle featured four blank ends with the U.S. holding a 2-1 lead until forcing Russia to take a single in the eighth end to head to an extra end of play. The Americans secured the win when Russia’s hit and roll attempt was unsuccessful and the U.S. didn’t need to throw the final stone with the winning point in place.
“That wasn’t pretty, but it’s a win,” Wright said. “They played very well. It was one of those games where we were having trouble getting stuff set in the right place, so it became one of those shooting matches where we were just trading stones, but they played very well.”
The American men are now in second place in Group C with three games remaining in the round robin. Norway (4-0) leads the division with the U.S. tied with Latvia at 2-1. The U.S. men will take on Latvia tomorrow as well as Ireland (1-2).
“That definitely has us going in the right direction and we needed that to just stay in line with what we’re trying to do,” Wright said about the team’s win.
Margie Smith (Shoreview, Minn.) and teammates Norma O’Leary (Silver Bay, Minn.), Debbie Dexter (St. Paul, Minn.), and Shelly Kosal (Edgerton, Wis.) secured another win as the Polish team withdrew from the competition. The U.S. ladies are now 4-1 and return to the ice on Wednesday to take on Australia (2-3). Live scores and standings are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2018.
Russia 001 000 01 0 – 2
*USA men 010 100 00 1 – 3
*last stone in first end
New Zealand 0-5
Czech Rep. 1-1
New Zealand 3-0
Hong Kong 0-3
Q=qualified to playoffs
USA schedule & playoffs (all times local, +6 ET):
8 a.m., USA women vs. Australia (Sandy Gagnon)
12 p.m., USA men vs. Ireland (Johnjo Kenny)
8 p.m., USA men vs. Latvia (Ansis Regza)
4 p.m., USA women vs. Lithuania (Rasa Veronika Jasaitiene)
8 p.m., USA men vs. Croatia (Neven Pufnik)
12 p.m., Men’s (4) and women’s (1) playoff qualification games
6 p.m., Men’s quarterfinals and women’s (1) playoff qualification games
9 a.m., Men’s & women’s semi-finals
2 p.m., Gold- and bronze-medal games
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