Hamilton duo picks up lone win for US today in Sweden

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 01, 2019, 4:46 p.m. (ET)

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Feb. 1, 2019

U.S. teams still hanging tough at Curling World Cup in Sweden

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton offered up the lone win today for the American contingent competing at the Curling World Cup in Jonkoping, Sweden.

In their earlier game today, the Hamiltons (both of McFarland, Wis.) were chasing the Kristin Skaslien and Thomas Ulsrud of Norway after giving up five points in the second end. The Americans answered with three in the third but couldn’t keep Norway off the scoreboard in an eventual 10-6 loss. They would bounce back this evening with a pivotal 7-6 win over Russia’s Maria Komarova and Daniil Goriachev. The U.S. duo trailed the entire game but came up with a huge three-end score to tie the game and force a shootout where they outdrew the Russians to secure two more points in the standings. However, Russia continues to lead Group B with 10 points followed by Norway with nine and the Americans with eight. The top team from each division moves on to the respective event finals on Sunday.

In the morning session at Jonkoping Curling Club, Mark Fenner and the U.S. men fell to Switzerland’s undefeated Yannick Schwaller, 6-4. Fenner (Bemidji, Minn.) and his team of Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.), Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) and Alex Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) then took on Sweden’s Niklas Edin rink and had a solid game but were unable to walk away with the win. The game was tied after eight ends, forcing a shootout, which the Swedes won. Wins via shootout award two points to the victor and one point to the losing side. The U.S. men are currently in third place in the Group A standings with two games remaining tomorrow. However, they cannot earn enough points to secure a spot in the men’s final on Sunday.

Cory Christensen and the U.S. ladies also had their match go to a shootout against Scotland’s Sophie Jackson. Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and teammates Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Jenna Martin (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and Madison Bear (Minneapolis, Minn.) had a low-scoring game against the Scots and were unable to take advantage of opportunities to score multiple points. Scotland scored one in the eighth end to force the shootout, which they won to earn their first points in the Group B standings. The U.S. ladies have seven points for second place behind Korea (9).

The U.S. teams will be back in action on Saturday with the final day of the round robin. The U.S. women will take on Korea in the morning and battle Japan in the 4 p.m. draw. The American men have games remaining against Japan and Switzerland. The Hamiltons will close out the round robin against China at 12 p.m. They need an outright win for the maximum three points and for Norway to win over Russia via shoot out to create a tie for first place. Then a shootout would take place to determine the finalist. The U.S. ladies currently control their own destiny with two games remaining.

To learn more about the new Curling World Cup, go to www.curlingworldcup.com/.

Standings (double round robin): Win-Loss-Total Points

Women’s Group A:

Sweden              3-1         9

Russia                 3-1         8

China                  2-2         7

Canada               0-4         0

Women’s Group B:

Korea                  3-1         9

USA                     2-2         7

Japan                  2-2         6

Scotland             1-3         2

Men, Group A:

Switzerland        4-0         11

Sweden              3-1         9

USA                     1-3         4

Japan                  0-4         0

Men’s Group B:

Scotland             4-0         10

Canada               3-1         10

Norway               1-3         4

China                  0-3         0

Mixed Doubles, Group A:

Switzerland        4-1         12

Canada               3-2         10

Sweden              3-2         8

Korea                  0-5         0

Mixed Doubles, Group B:

Russia                 3-2         10

Norway               3-2         9

USA                     3-2         8

China                  1-4         3

Playoffs:

The winner of each group after the double round robin concludes will advance to Sunday’s championship finals (mixed doubles, men’s, women’s).

How to watch:

The Olympic Channel (https://www.olympicchannel.com/en/events/detail/2019-wcf-curling-world-cup-jonkoping/) and NBCSN are providing coverage in the U.S. To view the full TV/webstream schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2019/January/29/TV-schedule-for-Curling-World-Cup-in-Sweden.

Team USA’s remaining competition schedule (all times local, +7 CT):

Saturday:

8:30 a.m., USA women vs. Korea

12 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. China; USA men vs. Japan

4 p.m., USA women vs. Japan

8 p.m., USA men vs. Switzerland

Sunday:

8:30 a.m., mixed doubles final

12 p.m., men’s final

4 p.m., women’s final

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).