American women defeat Denmark to stay in playoff hunt

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 18, 2018, 10:53 p.m. (ET)

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Feb. 19, 2018

American women stay in playoff hunt after win over Denmark

(GANGNEUNG, South Korea) – Nina Roth and the U.S. women’s curling team are in playoff hunt after a key win today over Denmark in round robin action at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

In a must-win game, the U.S. ladies answered with a thrilling last-rock victory over Madeleine Dupont’s Danish team.

“It was a fun game, kind of a rollercoaster. The ice was interesting, the rocks … whatever. We just wanted to keep our cool,” Roth said. “We were putting them in difficult spots and she had to make a really difficult hard shot to get her one point in the ninth end. Just like I had to make a really hard shot to get my one point in the eighth end.”

Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and teammates Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) are now 3-3 and tied for fourth place with Canada, China and Great Britain at the Gangneung Curling Centre.

“I think that was a good game. We managed well. We were reading the ice and reading the rocks really well and that worked in our advantage,” Geving said. “There was definitely a little bit more curl with them conditioning the rocks. It was manageable, and we were able to make a lot more tricky shots with it.”

The U.S. women return to the ice tonight to take on China at 8:05 p.m. KT.

“Both teams played really well. Some really nice shots made. A couple of those port shots for take outs – were really beautiful,” said Coach Scott Baird (Bemidji, Minn.). “I think they are playing good. We’ve just go to keep it up. Staying positive and being patient and, hopefully, we get a few breaks. We’re still in the hunt here.”

The loss drops Denmark to 1-5 in the nine-game round robin.

“I think they played fantastic. I knew that they would. They are just a good team, really good,” Dupont said about the American team. “To draw the four-foot under these conditions – that is a tough one. But, I know Nina is good at these shots. When I saw that she had to make it. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy for us to win.”

The U.S. ladies had a chance to score two points in the opening end but Roth’s final stone was light as they accepted a single instead. After holding Denmark to a single in the second, the U.S. was forced to make a takeout for another point as Denmark matched the U.S. shot for shot. In the fourth end, the Americans took advantage of multiple roll outs by Denmark (after completing) takeouts to stay in control of the end and eventually steal a point.

Back-to-back successful runbacks from Peterson and Roth in the fifth end had the U.S. in control until Roth’s final stone was wide and she missed a takeout. This allowed Denmark to draw in for two points to tie the game. A well-played sixth end set the U.S. team up to score multiple points as Roth sealed it with a successful hit. An open seventh end turned in Denmark’s favor when the U.S. was not precise with its freeze attempt that allowed the Danes to score two.

Four Danish stones were in scoring contention when Peterson threw her second vice skip stone after a miss earlier in the end. The U.S. couldn’t get the roll they needed with Peterson’s takeout nor the weight necessary with Roth’s first freeze attempt. Dupont then closed the path to the four-foot with her final stone, forcing the U.S. to play a very precise tap to save the end and score one.

The momentum from that great shot to end the eighth carried over as the U.S. team placed multiple stones behind the guards. A great tap with Roth’s first skip stone positioned two in the four-foot for the Americans.  Dupont’s first shot got blessed by the curling Gods as it was off target, caromed and miraculously spun onto the button. Roth, however, coolly popped it out with late sweeping from Geving. With three American rocks in the four-foot, Denmark removed two. After a measure the Danes had secured a point to tie the game once again. The U.S. kept the rings as open as possible in the 10th end with Roth drawing into the four-foot for the winning shot.

After tonight’s battle with China, the U.S. ladies will face Korea tomorrow afternoon and Sweden on Wednesday night to finish off the round robin portion. The American women are seeking their first playoff appearance since finishing fourth at the 2002 Olympic Games.

“Looking back on it, it was just a good game by both teams. We handled tricky ice together. We wanna go into the next games and try to win them all,” Roth said. “We’ve got a big game against China tonight. I am really proud of how we are handling the pressure. Every pressure draw I get is just going to make us better.”

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Line score:

*USA                   101 102 010 1 – 7

Denmark            010 020 201 0 – 6

*last rock in first end

Other game scores: Canada 8, Japan 3; Switzerland 11, OAR 2; Korea 7, Sweden 6

Women’s standings:

Korea                  5-1

Sweden              5-1

Japan                  4-2

Canada               3-3

China                  3-3

Great Britain      3-3

USA                     3-3

Switzerland        2-4

Denmark            1-5

OAR                     1-5

Men’s standings:

Sweden              6-0

Canada               4-2

Switzerland        4-2

Great Britain      3-3

Japan                  3-3

Norway               3-3

Denmark            2-4

Italy                     2-4

USA                     2-4

Korea                  1-5

USA men’s round robin results:

USA 11, Korea 7

Italy 10, USA 9

Sweden 10, USA 4

USA 9, Denmark 5

Japan 8, USA 2

Norway 8, USA 5

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 7, Denmark 6

Round robin schedule:

Monday, Feb. 19:

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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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 0-104-364-8015 (Korean mobile).