Hungry Canadians sweep past USA women

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 17, 2018, 8:25 a.m. (ET)

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Feb. 17, 2018

Hungry Canadians sweep past USA women in round robin play

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – Winless and ravenous for a victory, Canada’s Rachel Homan rink took it out on their North American counterpart tonight in round robin play at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Homan’s team defeated Nina Roth and the U.S. ladies, 11-3, at the Gangneung Curling Centre to get into the win column after a rocky 0-3 start.

“They are a great team. But, obviously, we were coming out with a goal in mind,” Homan said. “We just wanted to tweak a few things, and we thought that would be enough. But, everyone came out firing today and didn’t make too many mistakes. They played really well, but we took every inch that they gave us.”

Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and teammates Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) had an off night and gave up points early and often in the lopsided loss.

“You can’t get down three on Canada, because then they play aggressive and hit everything out of there. That’s tough. They played great. We had to play high-difficulty shots and if you don’t execute them perfectly, you’re boned,” Peterson said.

Tonight’s loss drops the American ladies to 2-3 in the nine-game round robin.

“All in all, we’ve played five games with two wins and three losses. In most of the games they are throwing the rock really well and calling a really good game. They are just getting fooled a little on the ice conditions and the ice on how it is tracking and sometimes the speeds,” said Coach Al Hackner.

The U.S. missed its last two shots of the opening end to spot Canada three points to begin tonight’s match. In the next end, it was all Canada once again with the U.S. being forced to draw the button for a single point. The U.S. played a solid third end of defense to force Canada to make a hit for one point. Canada returned the favor, matching the U.S. shot for shot as Roth was forced into a takeout for one.

“In that first end, Nina’s throwing a very makeable double to lie buried to get a two-ender on them,” Hackner said. “It just got a little wide on them, maybe just too much broom, maybe a poor guess on where the broom should’ve been. It sailed right through the middle. And then it became a draw against three. Halfway down the ice, the sweepers liked it and it just grounded and died. And now we’re down three nothing. After that, it’s hard to generate anything against that team, they are great hitters.”

Too many rocks in play in the fifth end spelled trouble for the American women and prosperity for the Canadians as they secured three more to put the game out of reach. The Americans’ offense was stymied once again in the sixth end as Roth drew the four-foot to score while facing two Canadian counters. Trying in earnest to steal points, the U.S. team kept drawing behind Canadian stones only to have them punched out. Canada eventually scored four points to end the match early.

“We have a lot of family here, so we’ll see them,” Peterson said. “But there’s still four more games in the round robin, so we are definitely still in it. We have to keep that in our minds and keep making shots.”

The U.S. ladies are idle tomorrow and return to the ice on Monday for matches against Denmark and China.

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Line score:

*USA     010 101 0xx x – 3

Canada 301 030 4xx x – 11

*last rock in first end

Other game scores: Japan 10, OAR 5; China 10, Denmark 7; Korea 7, Great Britain 4

Women’s standings:

Sweden              4-0

Japan                  4-1

Korea                  3-1

China                  3-2

Great Britain      3-2

USA                     2-3

Canada               1-3

Switzerland        1-3

Denmark            1-4

OAR                     1-4

Men’s standings:

Sweden              5-0

Canada               4-1

Switzerland        3-2

Japan                  2-2

USA                     2-2

Italy                     2-3

Great Britain      2-3

Norway               1-3

Denmark            1-3

Korea                  1-4

USA women’s round robin results:

Japan 10, USA 5

USA 7, Great Britain 4

Switzerland 6, USA 5

USA 7, OAR 6 (extra end)

Canada 11, USA 3

USA men’s round robin results:

USA 11, Korea 7

Italy 10, USA 9

Sweden 10, USA 4

USA 9, Denmark 5

Round robin schedule:

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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