Team USA picks up two wins on Sunday to move up standings in Lethbridge

By Terry L. Davis | April 01, 2019, 12:13 a.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 31, 2019

 

Team USA secures second win at 2019 World Men’s Championship

 

(LETHBRIDGE, Alta.) – It was another solid outing tonight for John Shuster and Team USA as they defeated Germany to pick up their second win of the day at the 2019 Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men’s Curling Championship.

 

With an 8-6 victory over Germany’s Marc Muskatewitz rink, Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and teammates Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) improved to 2-1 in the 12-game round robin at the ENMAX Centre.

 

At 2-1, the Americans are tied with Netherlands for fifth position in the 13-team standings. Canada (4-0), Sweden (3-0), Switzerland (3-0) and Japan (3-0) remain perfect through five sessions of competition.

 

The U.S. team shot 89 percent as a team as they controlled the majority of the match tonight against Germany.

 

“The first game we thought we played good, they just played better. We knew that if we kept up good energy and played well that we’d come out here and get two today,” said Hamilton, who shot 96 percent tonight.

 

The Americans tested the Germans right out of the gates. After Shuster played the perfect weight to run back a German stone out of the four-foot, the U.S. had two stones in scoring position. Germany was able to double them out to score one point. After blanking the second end, the U.S. re-set in the third end and scored two with a soft-weight takeout. The fourth end went fully in favor of the Americans as they capitalized on miscues from the Germans that resulted in a steal of three points when Muskatewitz’s final draw attempt was light.

 

Germany rebounded from the disastrous fourth end by taking advantage of a few half shots from the U.S. and, with strong sweeping, drew his stone down to touch the button to score two points. A very nice final draw from Germany in the seventh end thwarted a big scoring opportunity for the U.S. Germany would end up stealing a point when Shuster’s final takeout attempt rubbed on a guard. The U.S., however, countered with a draw for two in the eighth end to take back the game’s momentum. Muskatewitz made a nice double takeout with his first stone to set up a deuce for Germany in the ninth. But two nice ticks from Landsteiner to start the 10th end set the tone for a draw for the win with Shuster’s last rock.

 

The U.S. men return to the ice on Monday with back-to-back games at 2 and 7 p.m. In the afternoon session they will face Scotland’s Bruce Mouat (1-2) and in the evening take on Russia’s Sergey Glukhov (0-3).

 

Line score:

*Germany          100 020 102 0 – 6

USA                     002 300 020 1 – 8

*last rock in first end

 

Other Draw 5 session scores: Sweden 11, Norway 5; Switzerland 9, Russia 7; Canada 8, China 6

 

Draw 4 session scores: Netherlands 5, Scotland 4; Canada 9, Italy 5; Japan 9, Norway 6

 

Standings:

Canada               4-0

Japan                  3-0

Sweden              3-0

Switzerland        3-0

Netherlands      2-1

USA                     2-1

Germany            1-2

Italy                     1-2

Scotland             1-2

China                  0-3

Korea                  0-3

Norway               0-3

Russia                 0-3

 

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):

Monday, 2 p.m.: USA vs. Scotland (Bruce Mouat)

Monday, 7 p.m.: USA vs. Russia (Sergey Glukhov)

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 8, Germany 6

Netherlands 6, USA 5

USA 6, Korea 3

 

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).