American men remain in second place at 2018 World Juniors

By Terry L. Davis | March 06, 2018, 5:33 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 6, 2018

 

USA men still in second place in round robin of 2018 World Juniors

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Andrew Stopera and the American men are in a three-way tie for second place in round robin play at the 2018 World Junior Championships. Madison Bear and the U.S. ladies are 2-4 with three games remaining to make a playoff run 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.) split today’s action with a morning win over Sweden and an extra-end loss to Scotland this evening at Curl Aberdeen. The U.S. men are currently 4-2 and tied with Canada and Switzerland. The top four teams advance to Friday’s semifinals.

 

In the evening session, Stopera’s team took undefeated Scotland to the final stone of the extra end with Ross Whyte drawing the button to keep the Scots perfect in round robin play.

 

After blanking the opening end, the U.S. team gave up a single steal and then was forced to draw the button against three Scottish stones to even the score. The U.S. capitalized on a nice freeze with Stopera’s last stone of the fourth end to steal a point and take a modest 2-1 lead. Scotland answered with a deuce in the fifth end to regain the lead. The U.S. got its lone deuce in the following end as the back-and-forth game continued. After holding Scotland to a single in the seventh, the U.S. blanked the eighth end and gave up a single steal in the ninth when their final draw was light. The U.S. was then forced to draw the button in the 10th end for a single that put the game into an extra end. The American men put the pressure on Scotland in the 11th with Whyte answering with a draw to the button for the win.

 

The American men got off to a fast start against Sweden’s Daniel Magnusson rink this morning as they scored three points in the first end and two more in the third for a 5-1 early advantage. The early lead would propel the team to an eventual 7-5 victory.

 

“It’s always good to get an early lead. With a 3-0 lead we could sit back a little bit, and we didn’t have to take as many chances. We let the other team takes chances and tried to take advantage when they made mistakes here and there,” Stopera said after the win against Sweden. “Our record is setting us up nicely for the playoffs, but we still have a lot of games to go that we have to come out on top on.”

 

The U.S. men have one game on Wednesday’s schedule as they’ll face Germany (3-3).

 

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 their third straight match to slip to 2-4 in the standings. The American ladies gave up steals late in the game in a 7-3 loss to Norway’s Maia Ramsfjell rink.

 

The American ladies return to the ice on Wednesday with games against Korea (3-3) and Scotland (3-3). The USA-Scotland game will be featured live on World Curling Federation’s webstream at https://www.youtube.com/worldcurlingtv.

 

Live scores and standings are available at www.worldcurling.org.

 

USA line scores:

*Sweden            010 200 002 x – 5

USA men            302 000 200 x – 7

 

Norway               010 002 112 x – 7

*USA women    000 210 000 x – 3

 

*USA men          001 102 000 10 – 5

Scotland             010 020 101 01 – 6

*last rock in first end

 

Standings:

Men:

Scotland             6-0

Canada               4-2

Switzerland        4-2

USA                     4-2

Germany            3-3

China                  2-4

Korea                  2-4

Norway               2-4

Sweden              2-4

Russia                 1-5

 

Women:

Sweden              6-0

Canada               5-1

China                  3-3

Korea                  3-3

Norway               3-3

Scotland             3-3

Switzerland        3-3

Russia                 2-4

USA                     2-4

Turkey                0-6

 

Team USA round robin schedule (all times local):

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

 

Playoffs:

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 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, 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).