Russia jumps out to quick lead en route to defeat over USA

Oct. 15, 2018, 5:14 p.m. (ET)

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Oct. 15, 2018

Russia gets past USA at 2018 World Mixed Championship

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Wins are not coming easy for Evan Workin and Team USA at the 2018 Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Workin (Fargo, N.D.) and his team of Rachel Workin (Fargo, N.D.), Jordan Brown (Elk River, Minn.), and Christina Lammers (Fargo, N.D.) slipped to 1-3 in the round robin standings today after an 8-3 loss to Russia.

“We definitely had a lot of opportunities; just a missed shot at an important time, and they had a great make when they had to have it a lot of times,” Evan Workin said. “That’s curling; you get done with this game and you’re like, ‘Wow, we actually played pretty well.’ And then you look at the scoreboard and you’re like, “What? Never mind.” You can make seven out of eight shots, but that last one, that one is always really important.”

Alexander Eremin’s Russian rink got off to a fast start against the U.S. team with three points in the opening end. A single steal further gave the undefeated Russian rink control of the match. The U.S. was held to a single point in the third end with Russia countering with three more points over the next two ends to further set the pace. The Americans broke through with a deuce in the sixth end but couldn’t keep Russia off the score board in the five-point loss.

The U.S. team has four round robin games left to try to make the playoff round. The Americans will look to bounce back on Tuesday when they take on Denmark (3-1) and Ireland (0-2).

“Luckily, we’re all pretty close to each other, so we don’t let things like this linger around us for too long,” Evan Workin said. “Obviously, we were pressing a little bit in the first couple of games. I think this last game, I felt we actually played really well. Just a miss at a crucial time, and Russia’s a really good team. So, it was tough. You have to be perfect against them; otherwise, it’s going to be a long day.”

USA line score:

USA                     001 002 0x – 3

*Russia               310 210 1x – 8

*last rock in first end

Group B standings:

  • Russia                3-0
  • Australia             3-1
  • Denmark            3-1
  • Finland               3-1
  • Switzerland        2-1
  • USA                   1-3
  • Ireland               0-2
  • Brazil                 0-3
  • Netherlands      0-3

Team USA schedule:

Tuesday: USA vs. Denmark (Mads Norgaard), 8 a.m.

Tuesday: USA vs. Ireland (James Russell), 4 p.m.

Wednesday: USA vs. Brazil (Anne Shibuya), 4 p.m.

Thursday: USA vs. Switzerland (Mario Freiberger), 8 a.m.

Playoffs:

Friday: 2 p.m., qualification games; 8 p.m., quarterfinals

Saturday: 10 a.m., semifinals; 3 p.m., medal games

To learn more about this event, go to www.worldcurling.org/wmxcc2018. Go to www.usacurl.org for daily updates on Team USA’s performance.

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