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US ladies nearly beat Canada in round robin at World Juniors

By Terry L. Davis | Feb. 18, 2019, 11:22 a.m. (ET)


Feb. 18, 2019


USA women lose close match against Canada, men suffer second loss at 2019 World Juniors


(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Cait Flannery and the U.S. ladies have shown that they belong at the 2019 World Junior Championships after nearly pulling off an upset win over Canada last night in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Flannery (Mankato, Minn.) and teammates Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.), Lexi Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.) and Rebecca Miles (Duluth, Minn.) dropped a close 7-6 match last night to Selena Sturmay’s team when the Canadian ladies drew into the four-foot with the final stone to earn the win at Queens Place Emera Centre.


“We had a good start but just didn’t finish off the way we wanted,” Flannery said. “We started to get sloppy. We picked it up with a three in the sixth but the seventh was too open and we couldn’t make the force, then they had hammer in the last end and that was it. It was still a very close game and we’re very happy with the way we performed.”


Flannery made several big shots to keep the game close in the first half and took the lead with a perfect takeout in the sixth end to score three points. Canada, however, played a stronger second half overall and answered right back with three points in the seventh end and Flannery was forced to draw the button against three to score in the eighth. In the 10th, Sturmay would deliver a game-winning draw to improve her team to 1-1.


The U.S. women also are 1-1 in the nine-game round robin and return to the ice this afternoon to take on Russia (2-0).


Andrew Stopera and the American men suffered their second straight loss as Germany’s Klaudius Harsch rink kept the U.S. men scoreless in the first half of the match. Stopera and teammates Luc Violette (Edmonds, Wash.), Ben Richardson (Cleveland, Ohio) and Graem Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) scored two points in the sixth but would be limited to a single in the eighth in an eventual 7-3 loss. The men will take on Italy (1-2) tonight. All results can be found at


Line scores:

USA men            000 002 010 x – 3

*Germany          101 130 100 x – 7


*Canada             010 020 300 1 – 7

USA women       001 103 010 0 – 6

*last stone in first end


Women’s standings:

China                  2-0

Russia                 2-0

Switzerland        2-0

Canada               1-1

Korea                  1-1

Scotland             1-1

USA                     1-1

Japan                  0-2

Norway               0-2

Sweden              0-2


Men’s standings:

Scotland             3-0

Canada               2-1

Germany            2-1

New Zealand     2-1

Norway               2-1

China                  1-2

Switzerland        1-2

USA                     1-2

Italy                     1-2

Sweden              0-3


Here is a look at the competition schedule for the American teams (all times local, Atlantic Time Zone):

  • 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)


Playoff schedule:

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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