USA cruises past Guyana at Americas Challenge

By Terry L. Davis | Nov. 17, 2018, 7:28 p.m. (ET)

For Immediate Release

Nov. 17, 2018

USA now 2-0 at Americas Challenge in Chaska

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The U.S. continued its dominance at the Americas Challenge today as Rich Ruohonen led the Americans to a 13-2 victory over Guyana at the Chaska Curling Center.

Ruohonen (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and teammates Greg Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Colin Hufman (Minneapolis, Minn.), Phil Tilker (Seattle), and Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) opened this morning’s game with three points and stole five in the second end to put the game fully in control. Guyana’s Rayad Husain rink finally got on the board in the sixth end with a deuce as they conceded the 13-2 loss in Chaska, Minn., thereafter.

In the afternoon draw, Guyana bounced back with an extra-end victory over Brazil’s Marcelo Mello rink by a 10-9 score. Brazil had a 5-1 lead early on but the lead disintegrated in the second half as Guyana forced Brazil to a single point in the 10th end to set up the overtime win. The U.S. team returns to the ice tonight at 7 to take on Brazil (0-2).

Brazil, Guyana and the United States are battling this weekend in a double round robin to determine which country will secure a berth to the 2019 World Men’s Curling Championship this spring in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The Americas Challenge determines the second country from the Americas Zone to be represented at annual men’s and women’s world championships. Canada, as host of the 2019 World Men’s Championship in April and also finishing higher than the U.S. at the previous world championship, has earned a spot already.

The U.S. men will next play Guyana’s Rayad Husain at 9 a.m. CDT today. Live scores and standings are posted at www.usacurl.org.

 

Schedule and results (all times listed as CDT):

7 p.m. Friday: USA 10, Brazil 1

9 a.m. Saturday: USA 13, Guyana 2

2 p.m. Saturday: Guyana 10, Brazil 9 (extra end)

7 p.m. Saturday: USA vs. Brazil

8 a.m. Sunday: USA vs. Guyana

1 p.m. Sunday: Guyana vs. Brazil

 

Standings (double round robin):

USA                     2-0

Guyana               1-1

Brazil                   0-2

 

About the Americas Challenge: For qualification to the World Curling Championships and World Junior Championships. The second ranked Americas Zone association from the previous WCC and WJCC, providing they are not hosting the upcoming championship, can face a challenge from any other World Curling Federation member association in the Americas Zone, which currently includes Brazil, Canada, Guyana, and the United States. This will be the fifth Americas Challenge to take place for the men’s Americas Zone berth and fourth time the U.S. men have competed in it. Brazil previously challenged the U.S. in 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2017. Canada defeated Brazil in the 2018 Americas Challenge to secure a berth to the 2018 World Men’s Championship in Las Vegas.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, Carhartt, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Thorne, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), and Twin Cities Orthopedics, and is partnered with Carhartt, Brakebush, Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, IHG, and CurlingZone.

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).