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Feb. 16, 2019
USA men take down Canada as World Junior Championships get underway in Canada
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The 2019 World Junior Championships kicked off with a bang for Andrew Stopera and the U.S. men as they took down the reigning world champions from Canada tonight in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and his team of Luc Violette (Edmonds, Wash.), Ben Richardson (Cleveland, Ohio), Graem Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) were down 4-1 but patiently waited for opportunities at the Queens Place Emera Centre in an 8-7 extra-end victory over Tyler Tardi’s rink.
“It was a really good game and we had to battle the whole way and to go down three against a team like that and battle back together feels really good,” Stopera said. “It’s never over against those guys so we feel really good about that first win, but there’s a lot of curling to go this week.”
Canada stole the opening end when Stopera’s hit and roll attempt couldn’t remove the Canadian rock in the four-foot. The U.S. had a chance for two points in the third end but settled for a single instead. Canada would strike for three points in the fourth end when the U.S. couldn’t protect its shot stone. The American men answered with a deuce in the sixth end as they drew into the four foot.
Canada continued to control the scoreboard by adding another deuce in the seventh end. The U.S. team wasn’t done, however, and took advantage of a missed double takeout to score three points in the eighth. Canada would then miss its takeout attempt in the ninth as well and the U.S. took the lead for the first time. Tardi’s squad had to make a tough runback to avoid another steal and scored a single to put the game into an extra end where Stopera used the final stone of the game to draw into the eight-foot for the win.
The U.S. team is competing in a weeklong round robin and returns to the ice tomorrow afternoon against China (0-1). Cait Flannery and the American ladies take the ice at 9 a.m. against Japan. To follow along, go to www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2019.
Here is a look at the competition schedule for the American teams (all times local, Atlantic Time Zone):
- Sunday: 9 a.m., USA women vs. Japan (Ami Enami); 3 p.m. USA men vs. China (Weihaoping Wang); 8 p.m., USA women vs. Canada (Selena Sturmay)
- Monday: 9 a.m., USA men vs. Germany (Klaudius Harsch); 2 p.m., USA women vs. Russia (Vlada Rumiantseva); 7 p.m., USA men vs. Italy (Luca Rizzolli)
- Tuesday: 9 a.m., USA women vs. Korea (Minji Kim); 2 p.m. USA men vs. Norway (Magnus Ramsfjell); 7 p.m., USA women vs. Scotland (Lisa Davie)
- Wednesday: 9 a.m., USA men vs. Sweden (Daniel Berggren); 2 p.m., USA women vs. China (Yu Han); 7 p.m., USA men vs. New Zealand (Matthew Neilson)
- Thursday: 9 a.m., USA women vs. Sweden (Tova Sundberg); 2 p.m., USA men vs. Switzerland (Marco Hoesli); 7 p.m., USA women vs. Switzerland (Raphaela Keiser)
- Friday: 9 a.m., USA men vs. Scotland (Ross Whyte); 2 p.m., USA women vs. Norway (Maia Ramsfjell)
Friday: 7:30 p.m., men’s and women’s semifinals
Saturday: 10 a.m., men’s gold- and bronze-medal games
Saturday: 3 p.m., women’s gold- and bronze-medal games
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