USA women remain perfect in Omaha

By Terry L. Davis | Dec. 06, 2018, 4:03 p.m. (ET)

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Dec. 6, 2018

USA women undefeated at Curling World Cup

(OMAHA, Neb.) – Jamie Sinclair and the American women picked up their second win to remain in first place in group pool play today at the Curling World Cup.

Sinclair and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) got past Russia’s Alina Kovaleva rink, 7-5, at Ralston Arena to lead Group A with six points as they improved to 2-0 in the double round robin.

“I think in this event it’s really important to get a head start. We’ve done that so far so it’s definitely put us in a really good mindset,” Sinclair said. “They’re (Russia) a really strong hitting team, so we kind of expected that going into it. We just tried to force them into a couple of draws and we’re fortunate to get a few mistakes.”

In men’s competition, John Shuster and the American men got back on track after last night’s loss to China as they countered with an 8-3 victory over Bruce Mouat’s team from Scotland.

Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and his team of Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) had a strong start against the reigning Europeans champions as they scored three points in the second end with the hammer and then stole three more right after to put them comfortably in control.

“We knew we had to all go out there and do our jobs. We played a lot better today. As a team they had us over 90 percent,” Landsteiner said of the team’s play today versus last night.

All of the teams in Group A are sitting at three points after two draws of action. The winner of each group moves on to Sunday’s final.

“Getting the win makes us a little more comfortable with where we are at,” Landsteiner said. “If you’re 0-2 your backs are against the wall already and you really have to win out. If we can come out and win tonight that will put us in a really good spot to start over the next half of the round robin.”

The U.S. men return to the ice tonight to take on Canada, which defeated China, 6-3, today after losing to Scotland last night.

“So basically yesterday, we just felt like we didn’t go through our pregame routine or follow our systems the way we normally do. So, today we really made a point to get here a little bit earlier and make sure there weren’t any issues,” Hamilton said. We had a little more time to really mentally prepare for the game and really stretch out, hang out on the ice. We felt a lot better. I wouldn’t say the loss motivated us – it  reminded us how important our team systems are.”

In mixed doubles action this morning, Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) battled China’s 2018 Olympic team of Rui Wang and Ba Dexin to the final stone. China was able to secure two points for the 6-5 win over the U.S. All of the teams in Group B for mixed doubles also are tied with three points.

“They were the world silver medallists back in 2016 and they were the Olympic team last year – they’re a good squad and tough to beat,” said Polo, a two-time Olympic medallist.

China stole a point in the sixth end to tie the game and forced the U.S. into a difficult tap attempt for two points in the seventh end that resulted in a single point. China, needing to score two for the win, used its power play in the final end and sealed the win with a draw with Wang’s final stone.

“We didn’t execute well in the sixth and that kind of hurt us in the end,” Polo said. “We were actually trying to score two or give them one in the seventh. We didn’t even have a shot to give them one. We knew we’d be pretty happy being down one with hammer and they can’t use their power play so we were trying to give them one and play for two with the tap. That didn’t work out, unfortunately.”

Polo and Peterson are back on the ice at 4 p.m. CT today against Russia’s  Anastasia Moskaleva and Aleksandr Eremin.

To view the full TV/webstream schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2018/December/05/Curling-World-Cup-TV-and-livestream-schedule.

Here is a look at Team USA’s competition schedule (all times CDT) throughout the Curling World Cup:

Thursday, Dec. 6:

4 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Russia (Anastasia Moskaleva, Aleksandr Eremin)

7:30 p.m., USA men vs. Canada (Jason Gunnlaugson)

Friday, Dec. 7:

8:30 a.m., USA women vs. Canada (Tracy Fleury)

12 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Norway; USA men vs. China

4 p.m., USA women vs. Korea

7:30 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. China

Saturday, Dec. 8.:

8:30 a.m., USA men vs. Scotland

12 p.m., USA women vs. Russia

4 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Russia; USA men vs. Canada

7:30 p.m., USA women vs. Canada.

Sunday, Dec. 9:

8:30 a.m., mixed doubles final

12 p.m., women’s final

4 p.m., men’s final

Format:

Games will be eight ends as standard and, in each discipline, there will be two groups of four.

Teams will play a double round robin, with the teams finishing top of their groups moving into finals that will decide the winners.

In a move away from other international curling championships, there will be no extra ends to decide tied games. Instead, there will be a one stone shoot-out, for each team, with the team closest to the button winning the game.

Expanding on that idea, teams will be handed three points for a win in eight ends and two points if they win after a shoot-out. The team that loses the shoot-out gets a single point and a losing team after eight ends gets no points. In addition, the winning team, in each discipline, will get ten points and the runner-up five points. These Curling World Cup Points are accumulated in each discipline throughout the first three legs and credited to the Member Associations, to establish the Curling World Cup ranking.

To learn more about the Curling World Cup, go to https://www.curlingworldcup.com/.

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