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April 25, 2018
American men stay in playoff hunt at World Senior Championships
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Jeff Wright and the U.S. men secured another win to keep their hopes of making the playoffs of the 2018 World Senior Championships alive in Ostersund, Sweden.
Margie Smith and the U.S. women stamped their playoff ticket earlier this morning at Ostersund Arena.
Wright and teammates Russ Armstrong (Lake Bluff, Ill.), Sean Silver (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Russ Brown (Lake Forest, Ill.), and Steve Waters (Evanston, Ill.) bounced back from a loss earlier today to defeat Latvia’s Ansis Regza rink, 8-6.
“That was big,” Wright said after the victory. “We had to win one of the two games today to make the playoffs – we’ve still got to win tomorrow as well.” The American men are now 3-2 overall and will finish against Croatia (0-5) in the final session of the round robin on Thursday night. Norway leads Group C with a perfect 5-0 record with Ireland, Latvia, and the U.S. all sitting tied for second place. The top three teams in each of the four divisions will advance to the playoffs. The winners of the pools get direct berths into the quarterfinals while the second- and third-place teams will compete in qualification playoff games.
The U.S. men didn’t start with the last-stone advantage but stole two points to take the early advantage. Latvia scored a single and stole a point to tie the game after three ends. The U.S. took back control by scoring three in the fourth end and holding Latvia to a single in the fifth. Another two points in the sixth end looked to put the U.S. into a comfortable position late in the game but Latvia made things interesting by scoring three in the seventh to trail by just a point. Wright was able to make the final shot of the game, however, to score a point for the team’s third victory.
“When we gave up the three in the seventh – it was the exact same thing as this morning’s game. We were trying to peel stuff out of there and instead of peeling we’re nosing. We’re just that off, but we’re getting closer. We didn’t survive this morning, but we’re still surviving overall,” Wright said.
To follow along, live scores and standings are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2018.
USA men 200 302 01 – 8
*Latvia 011 010 30 – 6
*last stone in first end
New Zealand 0-6
Czech Rep. 1-3
New Zealand 4-1Q
Hong Kong 1-4
Q=qualified to playoffs
USA schedule & playoffs (all times local, +6 ET):
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 semifinals
2 p.m., Gold- and bronze-medal games
After the round robin concludes, the winners of the women’s groups will advance directly to the semifinals. The teams finishing second and third in each group will compete in qualification games to advance to the semifinals. After the men’s round robin, the four first-place teams will advance to the quarterfinals while the second- and third-place teams in each group will compete in qualification games with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals. No tiebreaker games will be played.
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