Surging Americans win fourth game in a row at World Championship

By Terry L. Davis | April 01, 2019, 11:35 p.m. (ET)

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April 1, 2019

 

Surging Americans win fourth straight at 2019 World Men’s Championship

 

(LETHBRIDGE, Alta.) – Team USA continues to move up the standings after picking up two more wins today at the 2019 Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship.

 

John Shuster and the surging Americans swept past Russia’s Sergey Glukhov rink, 10-3, tonight as the American men improved to 4-1 in the 12-game round robin at the ENMAX Centre.

 

Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and teammates Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) have now won four straight games after dropping their opening match to the Netherlands on Saturday afternoon.

 

“We are all feeling a little bit more comfortable out there,” said Plys, who is playing in his third world men’s championship. “We’re making more big shots when we need to make them. That was the difference tonight. We definitely made some mistakes tonight but made the right shots when we needed to.”

 

The U.S. team shot 89 percent in earning their fourth win. Russia drops to 1-4 in the standings after the loss.

 

“We aren’t even as sharp as we need can be so that’s a good thing when you’re feeling comfortable out there, but you have a lot left to improve on,” said Plys, who as a junior won the world title in 2008 with Hamilton.

 

The U.S. secured the hammer to start tonight’s match, but it was Russia that struck first as they set up a steal in the second end. Three Russian stones ended up in a caterpillar formation from the tee-line upward. The best the U.S. could do was a perfect draw to cover a corner of the button and cut Russia down to just a single steal. The third end was building toward the U.S. being forced to take a point until Russia’s last takeout rolled into a place to set up a double takeout for Shuster to help the team score two points.

 

A solid fourth end by the Americans had Russia looking at three when Glukhov got into the hack to throw his final stone. The Russians would make the hit and stay to count one point. The door opened wide for the U.S. team in the fifth end – and when Glukhov’s final draw set up a double takeout for Shuster, the American men struck for four points.

 

Russia was poised to score two in the sixth end to get back in the game, but the door was slammed when Shuster converted yet another double takeout to limit Russia to a draw for one. Russia would return the favor in the seventh end as the U.S. was looking to hang another big number on the scoreboard until Glukhov made a double takeout to force Shuster to draw against three. A sloppy eighth end by the Russians coupled with fine shooting from the U.S. men ended up in a steal of three points for the U.S. to conclude the match.

 

The U.S. team has one game on tap tomorrow against undefeated Switzerland (5-0) at 2 p.m. MT that should be a good test for Shuster and company.

 

“We have a big game tomorrow against Switzerland. They’re a great team so we just need to sharpen up a few things and we should be good to go,” said Plys, 30.

 

Line score:

Russia   010 101 00x x – 3

*USA     002 040 13x x – 10

*last rock in first end

 

Other Draw 8 session scores: Sweden 8, Japan 3; Switzerland 9, Germany 6; China 9, Korea 8

 

Standings:

Canada               5-0

Sweden              5-0

Switzerland        5-0

Japan                  4-1

USA                     4-1

Italy                     2-2

Netherlands      2-3

Scotland             1-3

China                  1-4

Germany            1-4

Russia                 1-4

Norway               0-4

Korea                  0-5

 

How to watch: In partnership with World Curling TV, the Olympic Channel and NBCSN are providing live coverage of eight of Team USA’s 12 round robin games plus the playoffs. To see the complete schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2019/March/26/TV-schedule-for-World-Mens-Championship.

 

Live scores & social media: Live scores are posted at http://www.worldcurling.org/wmcc2019. USA Curling is posting game recaps and photos after each U.S. game at www.usacurl.org. The official event hashtags are #wmcc2019 and #curling.

 

Playoff format: At the conclusion of the 12-game round robin, the top six teams will advance to the playoffs. The teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 will move directly to the semifinals. The other four playoff rinks will compete in qualification playoffs. The winners of the semifinals move on to the gold-medal game while the losing sides compete for bronze.

 

Team USA schedule (all times local, Mountain Time):

Tuesday, 2 p.m.: USA vs. Switzerland (Peter de Cruz)

Wednesday, 9 a.m.: USA vs. Italy (Joel Retornaz)

Wednesday, 2 p.m.: USA vs. China (Qiang Zou)

Thursday, 9 a.m.: USA vs. Canada (Kevin Koe)

Thursday, 7 p.m.: USA vs. Japan (Yuta Matsumura)

Friday, 9 a.m.: USA vs. Sweden (Niklas Edin)

Friday, 7 p.m.: USA vs. Norway (Magnus Ramsfjell)

 

Round robin results:

USA 10, Russia 3

USA 9, Scotland 8

USA 8, Germany 6

USA 6, Korea 3

Netherlands 6, USA 5

 

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Toyota, 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 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).