American men pick up another big win in London

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 12, 2018, 9:45 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

Jan. 12, 2018

USA men continue winning ways at 2018 WFG Continental Cup

(LONDON, Ontario) – John Shuster and the American men turned in another solid performance against a team they’ll face at next month’s Olympic Games as they defeated Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud rink tonight in team competition at the 2018 WFG Continental Cup of Curling.

Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and his team of Tyler George (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) defeated Team World’s Ulsrud rink, 8-3, to help Team North America extend its overall lead to three points at the Sports Centre at Western Fair District.

“That’s always in the back of our minds when we’re playing teams we’re going to see at the Olympics. These are statement games and going in on a winning streak against the teams we’ll see there – some of the top ranked teams like Norway and Sweden – it’s a feather in our cap for sure but just as much it’s something that they keep in mind when we see them out there,” said George, who will make his Olympic debut next month in PyeongChang.

The win by Shuster’s team was the lone victory tonight as the second day of the Continental Cup drew to a close with North America leading 10.5-7.5. Team World’s Niklas Edin defeated Canada’s Brad Gushue, 5-3, while the Canadian and Swedish women’s Olympic teams tied, 6-6.

The U.S. men started the offense with a draw for two points in the opening end. Facing three American rocks in scoring position in the second end, Ulsrud was forced to draw deep into the four-foot and needed a few more inches to get into scoring position as the U.S. men stole a point. The Americans’ hot shooting would lead to single steals in the next two ends as the woes continued for the Norwegians. In the fifth end, the U.S. had control until late in the end and Ulsrud converted a double takeout to score three points and get on the scoreboard.

The U.S. had a chance for two in the sixth but settled for one instead. A big miss with the final stone of the seventh as Ulsrud attempted a double gave the Americans two more points to put the game away.

“We seem to have Thomas’s number right now. The last couple of times we’ve played them, we’ve played great and they were certainly not their sharpest today, but I don’t think it would have mattered a whole lot the way we were throwing it,” said George.

Nina Roth and the U.S. ladies return to the ice tomorrow afternoon against Team World’s Anna Hasselborg, the Swedish Olympic rink. In the 9:30 a.m. draw, mixed doubles returns to center stage once again and will feature several of the U.S. team members (full rosters below).

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 (Shuster)            211 101 2x – 8

World (Ulsrud)                               000 030 0x – 3

*last rock in first end

Other game scores: World (Edin) 5, North America (Gushue) 3; World (Hasselborg) 6, North America (Homan) 6

Overall points:                Team    Doubles   Skins Total

North America                     6.5            4           0          10.5

World                                    5.5            2           0          7.5

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)

Sunday

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 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).