Fast start fuels Sweden past American men

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 15, 2018, 10:05 p.m. (ET)

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Feb. 16, 2018

Fast start fuels big win for Sweden over the U.S. men

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – Sweden’s takeout machine was working at full capacity this morning at the Gangneung Curling Centre as Niklas Edin’s squad defeated John Shuster and the American men in round robin at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Sweden jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first end and never let off the gas pedal as they kept their undefeated streak intact.

Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and his team of Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) are now 1-2 in the nine-game round robin.

“I had to draw to force them to one there. I was a tiny bit light there with my first one and I just overcompensated. I was trying to give it six more feet and it went ten more feet,” Shuster said about the start. “You can’t give up four points to Niklas Edin in the first end and expect to have a win. Out there, after something like that, you are just trying to battle and find deuces and those guys made every double that we showed them.”

In contrast the Swedish team improved to 3-0 to keep pace with Canada at the top of the standings.

“I think they had a really rough start. We had all the angles right. Their center guard was a little bit too high. They got in a tricky situation from the beginning,” said Edin, who won bronze in 2014 at the Sochi Olympic Games. “When he [Shuster] missed his last one – it was an open draw for four. Rough start for them. But, we put some big pressure on them, too.”

It was a rocky start for the U.S. men as Sweden was able to convert an open draw for four points when the U.S. team came out a little rusty to start the game. The Americans were attempting to blank the second end but got some dumb luck when the stone they were peeling out made contact with a stone just on the backside of the house that kept it in the rings for a steal of one for Sweden.

Down by five, the U.S. wasn’t able to get any offense generated in the third end as Sweden met them with double and single take-outs thrown with ease. The U.S. was eventually forced to make a takeout and accept a single point. Sweden would then make a hit to score two more points in the fourth end to extend the lead to 7-1. The Americans again tried in earnest to get a good end set up but were forced to make another takeout for a single point in the fifth.

After holding Sweden to a single in the sixth, the U.S. team was finally able to break through with a deuce as Shuster converted a takeout with the final stone of the seventh end. When Sweden posted two more points in the eighth, however, the Americans offered the handshake to end the game early.

Team USA will get a chance to re-group this afternoon in preparation for tonight’s matchup with Denmark’s Rasmus Stjerne rink. Denmark secured its first win of the tournament when they defeated Italy this morning.

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Line score:

*Sweden            410 201 02x x – 10

USA                     001 010 20x x – 4

*last rock in first end

Other game scores: Denmark 6, Italy 4; Norway 7, Korea 5

Men’s standings:

Canada               3-0

Sweden              3-0

Great Britain      2-1

Italy                     2-2

Japan                  1-1

Denmark            1-2

Norway               1-2

Switzerland        1-2

USA                     1-2

Korea                  0-3

Women’s standings:

Japan                  3-0

Sweden              2-0

Great Britain      2-1

Korea                  1-1

OAR                     1-1

Switzerland        1-1

China                  1-2

USA                     1-2

Canada               0-2

Denmark            0-2

USA men’s round robin results:

USA 11, Korea 7

Italy 10, USA 9

Sweden 10, USA 4

USA women’s round robin results:

Japan 10, USA 5

USA 7, Great Britain 4

Switzerland 6, USA 5

Round robin schedule:

Friday, Feb. 16:

USA men vs. Denmark (Rasmus Stjerne), 8:05 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 17:

USA women vs. Olympic Athlete From Russia (Victoria Moiseeva), 9:05 a.m.

USA women vs. Canada (Rachel Homan), 8:05 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 18:

USA men vs. Japan (Yusuke Morozumi), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Norway (Thomas Ulsrud), 8:05 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 19:

USA women vs. Denmark (Madeleine Dupont), 9:05 a.m.

USA men vs. Canada (Kevin Koe), 2:05 p.m.

USA women vs. China (Bingyu Wang), 8:05 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 20:

USA women vs. Korea (Eunjung Kim), 2:05 p.m.

USA men vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz), 8:05 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 21:

USA men vs. Great Britain (Kyle Smith), 2:05 p.m.

USA women vs. Sweden (Anna Hasselborg), 8:05 p.m.

Playoff schedule:

Thursday, Feb. 22:

Tiebreaker games, if needed, 9:05 a.m.

Men’s semifinals, 8:05 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23:

Men’s bronze-medal game, 3:35 p.m.

Women’s semifinals, 8:05 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24:

Men’s gold-medal game, 3:35 p.m.

Women’s bronze-medal game, 8:05 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 25:

Women’s gold-medal game, 9:05 a.m.

All games are streaming live at www.nbcolympics.com and on the NBC Sports app with TV coverage live or on tape delay on NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC. A complete schedule is posted at http://www.nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule#/.

For more information on the U.S. teams, go to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-curling/2018-us-olympic-curling-team.

To follow along, go to https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/game-time/results/OWG2018/en/curling/daily-schedule.htm

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