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Dec. 7, 2018
USA men continue winning ways at Curling World Cup
(OMAHA, Neb.) – John Shuster and the U.S. men battled back this afternoon to defeat China and push their win streak at the Curling World Cup to three at Ralston Arena.
“We knew we were going to have to come out and play well because those guys (China), the first time we played them, made a ton of shots,” Shuster said. “Early in the game they made a ton of shots and we kind of dug ourselves into a little bit of a hole. Sometimes it’s really good to get wins where you have to grind your way back. Those are sometimes the biggest wins to get jump-started in tournaments.”
Shuster and his team of Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) are in full control of Group A with wins over all three opponents with two games to go on Saturday as double round robin winds down.
The U.S. men struggled early on in the match against China’s Qiang Zou and trailed 4-1 at the halfway mark. After getting a deuce on the board in the fifth end, the U.S. was forced to blank the seventh end after holding China to a point in the sixth. Down two points, the U.S. took advantage of two key misses by China in the final end and sewed up the victory with a perfect soft hit to score three points.
“You know, we talked before as they were going to throw their shot, we were thinking about just taking our two and going to a draw off (shoot out). It left us some room to play the pick out there,” Shuster said. “I was excited to get a chance to throw it because we had thrown a few shots down that spot on ice. I was excited to get a chance to redeem myself because early in the game I missed a few shots that cost us a few points so it was good to get that chance and to execute it.”
“I felt pretty confident we were going to make that (final shot),” Landsteiner said. “We kind of came back halfway through the game and started making more shots and just felt that we had a good opportunity there to win the game. We just weren’t playing that strongly throughout most of the game, so there was a little bit of pressure to have the chance and not blow it. But, we’ve been in a lot of those situations before so it wasn’t anything really new to us.” The U.S. men return to the ice on Saturday morning to take on Scotland.
USA’s mixed doubles team of Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) suffered a second loss as Norway’s Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten defeated the Americans, 6-4, this afternoon. The U.S. team is 2-2 in Group B behind Norway but with two games remaining – and an even record against Norway after defeating them in the opening draw of the event – the U.S. still has a chance to make Sunday’s final.
In the morning draw, Jamie Sinclair and the U.S. women suffered their first loss when Canada stole the winning point. Sinclair (Manotick, Ontario) and her team of Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) battled back into the game, got control of the match midway but couldn’t hold on to keep their record perfect in the double round robin against Tracy Fleury’s Canadian rink. Canada, Korea and the U.S. women are tied for first place in Group A at the halfway mark. The winner of each group will advance to Sunday’s championship final.
Canada broke open the game in the third end with a perfectly executed raise to remove the U.S. shot rock on the bottom and score three points.
The U.S. battled back and got two big steals midway through the game. After taking a single point away from Canada in the fifth end, the U.S. played a great sixth and benefitted on a miss by Canada to steal two more points and take their first lead of the game at 5-4. Canada was able to set up the deuce in the seventh end giving the U.S. the hammer advantage to close out the game.
The U.S. was aiming for a nose hit with Sinclair’s final shot of the game to score a point and force a shoot-out to secure points. However, the stone was off target out of her hand. The team swept it hard to made the takeover, but the U.S. stone didn’t stick around in the rings, leaving the second Canada stone in the house as the winning point. Sinclair’s team is back on the ice at 4 today to take on Korea.
Women, Group A:
Canada 2-1 (6 points)
Korea 2-1 (6 points)
USA 2-1 (6 points)
Russia 0-3 (0 points)
Women, Group B:
Japan 3-0 (9 points)
Scotland 2-1 (6 points)
Sweden 1-2 (3 points)
China 0-3 (0 points)
Mixed doubles, Group A:
Switzerland 4-0 (11 points)
Korea 3-1 (9 points)
Canada 1-3 (4 points)
Sweden 0-4 (0 points)
Mixed doubles, Group B:
Norway 3-1 (9 points)
China 2-2 (6 points)
USA 2-2 (6 points)
Russia 1-3 (3 points)
Men’s Group A:
USA 3-1 (9 points)
China 2-2 (6 points)
Scotland 2-2 (6 points)
Canada 1-3 (3 points)
Men’s Group B:
Norway 2-1 (6 points)
Sweden 2-1 (6 points)
Japan 1-2 (3 points)
Switzerland 1-2 (3 points)
The full standings can be found at www.curlingworldcup.com.
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 remaining competition schedule (all times CDT):
Friday, Dec. 7:
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
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.
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