American men suffer first round robin loss in Scotland

By Terry L. Davis | March 05, 2018, 5:27 p.m. (ET)


March 5, 2018


USA men suffer first loss of 2018 World Juniors


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Monday was not kind to Team USA at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Aberdeen, Scotland.


The U.S. teams skipped by Madison Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.) and Andrew Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) suffered three losses – the first of the tournament for the American men.


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.) were not able to take advantage of scoring opportunities against Canada’s Tyler Tardi rink in a 4-2 loss this afternoon.


After being held to a single point in the fifth end when Stopera made a takeout, the U.S. team stole a point in the sixth when Canada’s final draw attempt was light. Canada took advantage to draw for two points in the seventh end and kept the U.S. off the scoreboard as the Americans tried in earnest to set up the game-tying deuce. In the 10th, the U.S. struggled with draw weight, allowing Canada to keep the house empty.


“It was a tough game, we didn’t come out that sharp and that was generally the story,” said Stopera, who led the U.S. to a silver-medal finish at last year’s World Juniors. “They just made more shots than we did, and we were behind the Eight-ball from early on. We battled back and the team showed a lot of fight, but it just wasn’t our day and we’ll just have to come back stronger in the next one.” The U.S. men will take on Sweden (2-2) and Scotland (4-0) on Tuesday. The match against the Scottish men will be featured live on webstream at


Bear (Pardeeville, Wis.) and her team of Annmarie Dubberstein (Portage, Wis.), Jenna Burchesky (Walpole, Mass.), Allison Howell (Bentleyville, Ohio), and Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.) lost to Canada (3-1) and Sweden (4-0) today to slip to 2-3 in the nine-game round robin standings.


The U.S. ladies kept the match against Canada’s Kaitlyn Jones close until the second half when they gave up some steals that kept them chasing on the scoreboard in the 8-3 loss.


“We had a good feel for the ice right away, but we started missing a couple of key shots there and weren’t quite getting things to where they needed to be,” Bear said. “I have one of the best front-ends here, in my opinion. It’s really an advantage if I start using that more.”


In the evening session, the U.S. women could never get a lead against the defending champions from Sweden, skipped by Isabella Wranna, in a 9-3 loss. The American women return to the ice on Tuesday with an afternoon game against China (2-2).


Live scores and standings are available at


USA line scores:

*USA women    002 000 010 x – 3

Sweden              110 300 103 x – 9


USA men            000 011 000 x – 2

*Canada             020 000 200 x – 4


*Canada             020 110 211 x – 8

USA women       101 001 000 x – 3

*last rock in first end




Sweden              4-0

Canada               3-1

China                  2-2

Korea                  2-2

Norway               2-2

Russia                 2-2

Scotland             2-2

USA                     2-2

Switzerland        1-3

Turkey                0-4



Scotland             4-0

Canada               3-1

USA                     3-1

Germany            2-2

Sweden              2-2

Switzerland        2-2

China                  1-3

Korea                  1-3

Norway               1-3

Russia                 1-3


Team USA round robin schedule (all times local):

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


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