Team World expands Continental Cup lead

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 11, 2018, 5:12 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

Jan. 11, 2018

 

Team World leads 2018 WFG Continental Cup

 

(LONDON, Ontario) – Olympic mixed doubles teammates Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton have not lost many games this season but were held back this afternoon in the second draw of the 2018 WFG Continental Cup of Curling.

 

The Hamilton siblings, both of McFarland, Wis., were defeated by Team World’s Niklas Edin and Sofia Mabergs (both of Sweden), 7-4, this afternoon at the Sports Centre at Western Fair District.

 

“We just make sure that we are here to play hard when we are out there to have fun, relax and unwind from the last two [Olympic] Trials. This is a fun event with a lot of great people. All of us are the best in our respective countries and it’s an honor to be here,” said Matt Hamilton, 28.

 

Team World expanded its modest lead over Team North America to 4-2 after today’s mixed doubles competition. Team World’s Esther Neuenschwander and Claudio Pätz of Switzerland got past Canada’s Rachel Homan and Brett Gallant, 8-5, while North America’s lone point game from Canada’s Brad Gushue and Lisa Weagle, who defeated Team World’s Oskar Eriksson and Anna Hasselborg of Sweden, 7-3.

 

The Hamiltons, who will make history as the first duo to compete in both team and mixed doubles Olympic competition next month, are using this week’s on-ice time to continue to sharpen their skills and communication with one another.

 

“We have an understanding that we have the same goal in mind so anything we say is fully going to be pushing us toward that goal of winning rather than being something not needed or a mean-spirited comment,” Matt Hamilton said.

 

“Matt and I have definitely had to learn to accept constructive criticism – especially when it comes from your brother. But, after we moved on from that we saw a lot of good games at the Trials and world championship last year we’ve learned to accept that constructive criticism and put it toward a win,” said Becca Hamilton, 27, who plays lead for Nina Roth’s Olympic women’s team.

 

In today’s game, the Americans were held to a single to begin the game but stole a point in the following end to go ahead 2-0. Edin and Mabergs capitalized for three points in the third and then stole two points when Becca Hamilton’s final takeout attempt of the fourth end wrecked on a guard. The Hamiltons had a chance for two in the fifth end when they put their power play to use but settled for a single when the final stone rolled out of the rings after a successful takeout. The U.S. got that missed point back with a single steal in the seventh end when Team World’s final draw had too much weight. Edin and Mabergs used their power play in the seventh end to score two and put the game away.

 

Nina Roth and the U.S. ladies will take on Japan’s Fujisawa rink as the Cup action returns to team competition at 7 ET tonight. ESPN is carrying all of the Cup action on its live streaming app. Go to www.espn.com/watch to follow along. Live scores from the event are posted at http://www.curling.ca/2018continentalcup/results/.

 

USA line score:

*North America (Hamilton-Hamilton)     110 011 0x – 4

World (Edin-Mabergs)                              003 200 2x – 7

*last rock in first end

 

Other game scores: Team World (Neuenschwander-Patz) 8, Team North America (Homan-Gallant) 5; Team North America (Gushue-Weagle) 7, Eriksson-Hasselborg 3

 

Overall points:                Team    Doubles   Skins Total

North America                    1               1           0          2

World                                    2               2           0          4

 

Today:

7 p.m., Team
Sheet A — Team Ulsrud (World) vs. Team Koe (North America)
Sheet B —Team Fujisawa (World) vs. Team Roth (North America)
Sheet C — Team De Cruz (World) vs. Team Gushue (North America)

 

Friday
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)

 

Saturday
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)

 

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.

 

It will be 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 http://www.curling.ca/2018continentalcup/.

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Cheetos, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Thorne, BalancePlus, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar Systems), and Brakebush, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, and CurlingZone.

 

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).