Late steal propels Japan past USA ladies at 2018 Continental Cup

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 11, 2018, 10:02 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

Jan. 11, 2018


American women’s Olympic team makes debut at 2018 WFG Continental Cup


(LONDON, Ontario) – Nina Roth and the U.S. Olympic women’s squad had a bit of bad luck tonight that resulted in a late steal by Japan as Team World maintained its lead over North America as day one of the WFG Continental Cup of Curling drew to a close at the Sports Centre at Western Fair District.


Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and her team of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) fell to Satsuki Fujisawa’s rink, 7-5, as the Japanese Olympic squad stole a point to win the game.


“We were in control for a lot of it. In the second end we had them until they made a triple that ticked off of theirs and was perfectly behind the corner guard. You can’t bet that they’re going to do that,” said Roth, who is playing in her third Continental Cup. “We just had a lot of good opportunities and got the force on them in the seventh. The eighth end with players leaving the ice, I think it got a little squirrely on us and I had an unfortunate pick on my first one that wasn’t the greatest. Then I’m playing a double wick-whack to try to get one.”


Team World leads North America, 5-4, in the overall standings despite North America picking up two wins tonight. Brad Gushue’s Canadian team defeated Team World’s Peter de Cruz rink from Switzerland, 7-2, while the Canadian men’s Olympic team led by Kevin Koe, who celebrated his birthday today, got past Thomas Ulsrud’s Olympic rink, 6-4.


The U.S. ladies started strong with Roth using her final stone to draw into the eight foot to score a pair but the Japanese ladies would control the next two ends. Japan set up a deuce and then stole a point in the third end to jump ahead, 3-2. Roth’s team countered with a deuce only to have Japan score two as well to keep pace. Roth, facing three Japan rocks with her first stone of the sixth end, was eventually able to make a takeout through a port to score one and resurrect the end. The Americans played a solid seventh end and had three stones in scoring position to force Japan to draw the button to score one. Things unraveled late in the eighth end and Japan would keep a stone hidden in the back corner of the four-foot to result in the stolen point for the win.


Roth and the American ladies return to the ice tomorrow morning to take on Silvana Tirinzoni’s Swiss Olympic team. John Shuster will compete in mixed doubles in the afternoon draw with Canada’s Joanna Courtney and then Shuster’s men’s team will take on Ulsrud’s squad in the evening draw.


ESPN is carrying all of the Cup action on its live streaming app. Go to to follow along. Live scores from the event are posted at


USA line score:

*North America (Roth)  200 201 00 – 5

World (Fujisawa)            021 020 11 – 7

*last rock in first end


Other game scores: North America (Gushue) 7, World (de Cruz) 2; North America (Koe) 6, World (Ulsrud) 4


Overall points:                Team    Doubles   Skins Total

North America                    3               1           0          4

World                                    3               2           0          5


9:30 a.m., Team
Sheet A — Team Fujisawa (World) vs. Team Englot (North America)
Sheet B — Team De Cruz (World) vs. Team Koe (North America)
Sheet C — Team Tirinzoni (World) vs. Team Roth (North America)


2:30 p.m., Mixed Doubles
Sheet A — Fujisawa/Svae (World) vs. Cameron/Kennedy (North America)
Sheet B — McManus/Sundgren (World) vs. Miskew/Hebert (North America)
Sheet C — Tirinzoni/Tanner (World) vs. Courtney/Shuster (North America)


7 p.m., Team
Sheet A — Team Edin (World) vs. Team Gushue (North America)
Sheet B — Team Hasselborg (World) vs. Team Homan (North America)
Sheet C — Team Ulsrud (World) vs. Team Shuster (North America)


9:30 a.m., Mixed Doubles
(Note — teams will change following the fourth-end break in each game)
Sheet A — Albrecht/De Cruz (World) vs. Englot/Laing (North America)
Sheet B — Knochenhauer/Wranå (World) vs. Peterson/George (North America) 
Sheet C — Yurika Yoshida/Ulsrud (World) vs. Geving/Walker (North America)


2:30 p.m., Team
Sheet A — Team Hasselborg (World) vs. Team Roth (North America)
Sheet B — Team Ulsrud (World) vs. Team Gushue (North America)
Sheet C —Team Fujisawa (World) vs. Team Homan (North America)


7 p.m., Team
Sheet A — Team De Cruz (World) vs. Team Shuster (North America)
Sheet B — Team Tirinzoni (World) vs. Team Englot (North America)
Sheet C — Team Edin (World) vs. Team Koe (North America)



2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., skins. Matchups to be announced.


What’s at stake:

Each side has three men’s and three women’s teams; the winning side receives $52,000 Cdn ($2,000 per member, including captain and coach), while the losing side gets $26,000 ($1,000 per member, including captain and coach). As well, the side that generates the highest points total from the six skins games will receive an additional $13,000 ($500 per player, plus captain and coach).


About the event:

The Continental Cup is similar to golf’s Ryder Cup and features six teams from Canada and the U.S. taking on six teams from Team World in traditional team competition, mixed doubles, and skins with the chance to win $52,000 (Cdn) and the Cup title. North America is on a five-year win streak after capturing the title once again in Las Vegas last January.


This is the 14th edition of the World Financial Group Continental Cup. North America has won the Cup in 2002 in Regina, 2004 and 2007 in Medicine Hat, Alta., 2011 in St. Albert, Alta., 2013 in Penticton, B.C., 2014 in Las Vegas, 2015 in Calgary and back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017 in Las Vegas. Team World emerged victorious in 2003 in Thunder Bay, Ont., 2006 in Chilliwack, B.C., 2008 in Camrose, Alta., and 2012 in Langley, B.C.


To learn more about the Continental Cup, go to


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