USA men upend Denmark to move into third place

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 16, 2018, 9:20 a.m. (ET)

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Feb. 16, 2018

USA men upend Denmark to move into third place

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – John Shuster and the American men bounced back nicely from a morning loss to position themselves into third place in the round robin after defeating Denmark tonight at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and teammates Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) defeated Rasmus Stjerne’s rink, 9-5, to improve to 2-2 at the Gangneung Curling Centre, which was filled with American fans to give the atmosphere of a home game.

It’s always good to come out and play a strong game and get a win. We came out with a similar mindset tonight but definitely executed right away to start off the game,” said John Shuster, four-time Olympian. “We had a better feel for the ice. I think we fed off the raucous pro-USA crowd we had in there today. It made for a fun atmosphere when we got out there. I think we were able to carry that energy through and get a strong start.”

The Americans are now in a four-way tie for second place with Great Britain, Italy and Switzerland behind undefeated Canada (4-0) and Sweden (4-0).

We’ve had two really good games, we played well and got the wins there,” said Coach Derek Brown. “We had a ding-dong against Italy. We had a couple of really bad ends that put us behind the eight ball – we almost got the win there and it was just a slow start against Sweden. They are the best team in the world in my opinion. Two and two – still lots to play for. We have to aim for six wins to stay in the tournament.”

The U.S. men started the game strongly by taking advantage of an opportunity to earn two points out of the gates. The second end seemed like a mixed doubles game with granite piled around the four-foot. In the center was an American stone that wasn’t going anywhere. Shuster tapped forward another U.S. stone a few centimeters with his final shot to further protect. When Stjerne missed making contact with the bundle of granite with the last rock, a measurement proved the Americans had stolen two points.

After the third end was blanked, Denmark was feeling the pressure from the Americans once again and were forced to draw the eight-foot. The final stone from the Danish skip, however, slid out the back of the house as the U.S. team collected two more points. The U.S. narrowly missed a double takeout with Shuster’s final stone of the fourth end, which allowed the Danes to test their draw weight once again – this time with success for a deuce. Shuster’s final draw of the sixth end was a bit too strong and the Danes took another point to lessen the gap at 6-3.

Two fantastic shots from Shuster in the seventh end, sandwiched with a miss by Stjerne, gave the U.S. another deuce to extend the lead back to five. Denmark kept battling and drew for two more points in the eighth end after positioning a stone behind a corner guard to set things up nicely. Denmark buried two stones behind a corner guard late in the ninth end that forced the U.S. to draw the four-foot for a point – and the win as the Danes offered the handshake to end the game.

“You could see they were fired up coming onto the ice. You could hear them in the hallway, they were really pumping up. They came out firing and made a double in the first. In the second end, we got drawn in, John does that and then going four down against these guys is really hard,” Stjerne said. “They just started firing and we couldn’t really bounce back from that. We really struggled with the weight control. Once we got that under control we started putting on pressure – but we were too far behind and the U.S. just didn’t let us back in.”

The U.S. men will have Saturday off and return to the ice on Sunday to take on Japan (1-2) and Norway (1-2). Nina Roth and the American ladies return to the ice tomorrow with games against Olympic Athlete From Russia (1-2) in the morning and Canada (0-3) in the evening session.

“The offensive was good, they were scoring a lot of points. And this game was a little better defensively,” said Joe Polo, alternate, who won Olympic bronze with Shuster in 2006. “We changed up a few things without hammer to remove a few more of their rocks and make sure that they don’t put up any big numbers like we’ve seen in the last couple of games.”

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Line score:

Denmark            000 021 020 x – 5

*USA                   220 200 201 x – 9

*last rock in first end

Other game scores: Canada 7, Korea 6; Sweden 8, Great Britain 6; Switzerland 6, Japan 5

Men’s standings:

Canada               4-0

Sweden              4-0

Great Britain      2-2

Italy                     2-2

Switzerland        2-2

USA                     2-2

Japan                  1-2

Norway               1-2

Denmark            1-3

Korea                  0-4

Women’s standings:

Japan                  3-0

Sweden              3-0

Great Britain      2-1

Korea                  2-1

China                  1-2

Denmark            1-2

OAR                     1-2

Switzerland        1-2

USA                     1-2

Canada               0-3

USA men’s round robin results:

USA 11, Korea 7

Italy 10, USA 9

Sweden 10, USA 4

USA 9, Denmark 5

USA women’s round robin results:

Japan 10, USA 5

USA 7, Great Britain 4

Switzerland 6, USA 5

Round robin schedule:

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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