North America retains slim lead at 2018 WFG Continental Cup

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 13, 2018, 5:27 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

Jan. 13, 2018

North America retains lead at 2018 WFG Continental Cup

(LONDON, Ontario) – Team North America retained its small lead over Team World as two more draws of the 2018 WFG Continental Cup of Curling came to a close at the Sports Centre at Western Fair District.

USA’s Nina Roth rink scored a point in the eighth end to secure a tie with Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg rink to add a half point to Team North America’s total. North America leads Team World, 14-13, with three draws left to determine the 2018 champion.

Roth (McFarland, Wis.) and her team of Tabitha Peterson (St. Paul, Minn.), Aileen Geving (Duluth, Minn.), and Becca Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) had a tight match with the Swedish Olympic squad and led 3-1 at the halfway mark. The Swedish ladies scored a deuce to start the second half and held the Americans to a single in the eighth to force the tie. Games at this event can end in a tie with the available points then split. North America picked up a point when Brad Gushue’s team defeated Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud, 7-2. However, Team World’s Satsuki Fujisawa rink defeated North America’s Rachel Homan, also by a 7-2 score, leaving Team North America with just a modest one-point lead in the race to the Cup title. The first side to reach 30.5 will be the Cup champion.

One more draw of team competition remains tonight with USA’s John Shuster rink taking on Switzerland’s Peter de Cruz rink at 7 p.m. ET. Tomorrow the point totals will increase as skins competitions take place at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Roth’s team will battle Japan’s Fuijiawa rink while Shuster will take on de Cruz’s Swiss team once again in the 2:30 draw.

In the morning draw of mixed doubles, USA’s Roth, Peterson, Geving, and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) each played four ends in a 9-6 loss to Team World’s Rasmus Wrana (Sweden), Yumi Suzuki (Japan), Agnes Knochenhauer (Sweden), and Torger Nergard (Norway).

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 (Roth)     002 101 01 – 5

*World (Hasselborg)      010 020 10 – 5

*last rock in first end

Other game scores, Draw 8: North America (Gushue) 7, World (Ulsrud) 2; World (Fujisawa) 7, North America (Homan) 2

Overall points:                Team    Doubles   Skins Total

North America                     8               6           0         14

World                                    7               6           0         13

Saturday

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 listed here.

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).