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USA teams playing strong at Champions Cup

By Terry L. Davis | April 27, 2018, 11:37 a.m. (ET)


April 27, 2018


Sinclair rink undefeated at Champions Cup


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Jamie Sinclair’s team has kept its impressive win streak intact through three games of the Humpty’s Champions Cup in Calgary, Alberta.


Sinclair (St. Paul, Minn.) and her team of Alex Carlson (St. Paul, Minn.), Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) are 3-0 in pool play with one more game on tap this morning against Binia Feltscher’s two-time world champions from Switzerland. The team has won six games in a row after winning the Players’ Championship earlier this month.


USA’s Greg Persinger rink is 2-1 in pool play with a key matchup this afternoon against 2018 world silver medalist Brad Gushue. Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska) and teammates Rich Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), Colin Hufman (St. Paul, Minn.) and Phil Tilker (Seattle) opened with a 5-3 win over Brad Jacobs before falling to the 2018 World Junior champions skipped by Canada’s Tyler Tardi, 5-4. In yesterday’s action, they bounced back with a convincing 7-2 win over Reid Carruthers of Winnipeg.


At 3-0, the Sinclair rink has already locked in a playoff spot. The team began the competition on Tuesday night with another win over Sweden’s Olympic champions as they got past Anna Hasselborg’s team, 4-3. The next day they drew the button to defeat Canada’s Rachel Homan, 5-4. On Thursday, the foursome stole the final two ends to defeat Nova Scotia’s Kristen MacDiarmid rink, 3-1.


All events in the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling series are played utilizing the five-rock rule, which will be implemented in world championship play next season. Games are eight ends in length. The top eight teams after the round robin concludes will advance to the playoffs on Saturday.


While the games will be televised in Canada, there is an online subscription option for fans in the U.S. with details here, http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/champions-cup/2018-humptys-champions-cup-tv-schedule/. To learn more about this event, go to http://www.thegrandslamofcurling.com/curling/champions-cup/2018-humptys-champions-cup-standings/.


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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).

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