American men advance to playoffs at World Juniors in Scotland

March 08, 2018, 8:24 p.m. (ET)


March 8, 2018


American men advance to playoffs at 2018 World Juniors


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Andrew Stopera and the American men will make another playoff appearance as the round robin wrapped up Thursday 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.) finished the round robin with two more wins to secure the No. 3 playoff berth. They’ll now take on No. 2 Canada in the semifinals on Friday. No. 1 Scotland (9-0) will battle Switzerland (5-4) in the other semifinal.


“We know it’s going to be a good game against Canada. We’ve played them a bunch of times before and they always give us a run for our money. We’re looking forward to it,” Stopera said. “Last year we were a first-year team in this event and didn’t really know what to expect. Now we kind of know what it feels like to be in those big moments. Any kind of experience you can get on this kind of stage with this crowd and this environment is helpful.”

The U.S. women finished the round robin with a 4-5 record – just shy of a playoff berth. Madison 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 China, 9-6, in the final session of the women’s round robin and finish with a final ranking of fifth.


The American men defeated Switzerland’s Jan Hess, 8-3, and then finished the round robin with an 8-2 win over Norway’s Magnus Ramsfjell rink.


“Qualifying is always the first goal, but now we’re looking at the championship and hoping to keep the momentum going into the playoffs and maybe win this thing,” Fenson said. “You get into tight moments in curling, and there’s always big pressure shots. Being in that circumstance before is certainly helping us this week.”


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USA line scores:

*USA men          100 200 14x x – 8

Norway               001 010 00x x – 2


*China                003 102 030 x – 9

USA women       300 010 101 x – 6


*USA men          040 020 11x x – 8

Switzerland        001 002 00x x – 3

*last rock in first end




Scotland             9-0Q

Canada               7-2Q

USA                     7-2Q

Switzerland        5-4Q

Germany            4-5

Norway               4-5

Sweden              3-6

China                  3-6

Korea                  2-7

Russia                 1-8



Sweden              9-0Q

Canada               7-2Q

China                  5-4Q

Norway               5-4Q

USA                     4-5

Korea                  4-5

Switzerland        4-5

Russia                 3-6

Scotland             3-6

Turkey                0-9



Friday, March 9:

2 p.m., women’s semifinals, Sweden vs. Norway; Canada vs. China

7 p.m., men’s semifinals, Scotland vs. Switzerland; Canada vs. USA


Saturday, March 10:

9 a.m., women’s bronze and gold-medal games

2 p.m., men’s bronze and gold-medal games


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