FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2018
USA men perfect, women in second place at 2018 World Juniors
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s Andrew Stopera rink remains undefeated while Madison Bear’s women’s team is tied for second place after two days of competition at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and his team of Luc Violette (Lake Stevens, Wash.), Ben Richardson (Issaquah, Wash.), Graem Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.), and Jonathon Harstad (Duluth, Minn.) defeated China’s Zhiyu Wang, 7-1, this morning and then capitalized early against Korea’s Hyeonjun Hwang to earn a 6-3 victory.
“It always grows confidence to get a lead early. We put some pressure on them in the first end and got the deuce and the steal. The boys are playing well, and hopefully it continues and we keep getting better,” Stopera said after the win over Korea. “We want to get on top of the podium at the end of the week, but there’s a lot of tournament to go and a lot of tough teams still to play, so we have to keep playing well, and hopefully we can come out on top.”
Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.) and her team of Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.), Jenna Burchesky (Walpole, Mass.), Allison Howell (Bentleyville, Ohio), and Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.) improved to 2-1 with a 6-5 win over Turkey’s Dilsat Yildiz this afternoon at Curl Aberdeen.
“That definitely wasn’t the best played game, but we trudged through it and worked together and figured it out,” Bear said. “We were hitting the broom and throwing the right weight, we just weren’t exactly there quite yet. We were just off by a little bit, not a lot. But, we did pull it together, and it was a team effort on that last shot.”
The U.S. ladies took an early 2-0 lead, but Turkey scored a deuce in the third end to tie the game. The match went back and forth with Turkey tying the game with two more in the ninth end. The U.S. was able to make a draw for the win in the 10th end to secure their second spot in the standings along with Canada, Korea, Russia, and Scotland.
“Right out of my hand I thought [the last shot] felt maybe a little light, but they kept looking up and they got it there,” Bear said about the final shot of the game.
The U.S. women will return to the ice on Monday with two key games – against Canada (2-1) in the morning draw and undefeated Sweden in the evening session. Stopera and the American men will take on Canada’s Tyler Tardi rink at 2 p.m. That game will stream live at https://www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv.
The men’s team will be back in action on Sunday against China (0-1) and Korea (1-0) as the round robin continues. A live webstream, as well as live scores and standings, are available at www.worldcurling.org.
USA line scores:
Korea 000 101 001 x – 3
*USA men 210 010 020 x – 6
*USA women 110 101 010 1 – 6
Turkey 002 010 002 0 – 5
*China 000 001 00x x – 1
USA men 000 120 31x x – 7
*last rock in first end
Team USA round robin schedule (all times local):
Monday, March 5:
9 a.m., USA women vs. Canada
2 p.m., USA men vs. Canada*
7 p.m., USA women vs. Sweden
Tuesday, March 6:
9 a.m., USA men vs. Sweden
2 p.m., USA women vs. Norway
7 p.m., USA men vs. Scotland*
Wednesday, March 7:
9 a.m., USA women vs. Korea
2 p.m., USA men vs. Germany
7 p.m., USA women vs. Scotland*
Thursday, March 8:
9 a.m., USA men vs. Switzerland
2 p.m., USA women vs. China
7 p.m., USA men vs. Norway
Friday, March 9:
2 p.m., women’s semifinals
7 p.m., men’s semifinals
Saturday, March 10:
9 a.m., women’s bronze and gold-medal games
2 p.m., men’s bronze and gold-medal games
*game featured on live webstream at https://www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv
USA round robin results:
USA 7, Switzerland 6
USA 8, Russia 5
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