FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 19, 2019
American men even record at 2019 World Juniors
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Andrew Stopera led the U.S. men back into the win column last night with a convincing 7-3 win over Italy at the 2019 World Junior Championships.
Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and his team of Luc Violette (Edmonds, Wash.), Ben Richardson (Cleveland, Ohio) and Graem Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) never trailed in the victory over Luca Rizzolli’s team at Queens Place Emera Centre.
“That was important, especially coming off a couple of losses, especially when they were games we felt we could have won,” Stopera said. “It’s big to get back to even because if you go to 1 and 3, your back is against the wall. We feel we’re in good shape and have now put ourselves in good shape to reach the playoffs.”
The U.S. men are now 2-2 in the nine-game round robin.
“We communicated better there and had a higher activation level as a team,” said Violette, 19, who is playing in his fourth World Juniors. “We had that little bit of extra motivation and the combination of those things increased our team dynamics and we played really well.”
The American men took a 3-0 lead after four ends and limited Italy to a single in the fourth end. Italy, however, would steal two points in the sixth end, to momentarily get back into the game with the score tied. The U.S. men would keep Italy off the scoreboard thereafter as they scored a deuce in the eighth and stole two points in the ninth end to sew up their second victory.
“We’re enjoying it, too, and that’s a big part of it,” Violette said. “It’s easy, when you lose a couple in a row, to not be enjoying it but when we come together and enjoying the game that’s when you see the big shots.”
The U.S. men will take on Norway (3-1) at 2 p.m. AT today. That game will be streamed live at www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2019.
Cait Flannery (Mankato, Minn.) and teammates Leah Yavarow (Bemidji, Minn.), Lexi Lanigan (Duluth, Minn.) and Rebecca Miles (Duluth, Minn.) fell behind early on in their morning match today against Korea’s Minji Kim in an eventual 9-6 loss. The U.S. women trailed 8-2 after Korea scored four points in the sixth end but stayed in the game with a three-point seventh end and holding Korea to a single in the eighth. The U.S. fought hard to battle back but eventually ran out of rocks as they fall to 1-3 in the round robin standings. The team returns to the ice tonight to take on Scotland (1-3) at 7 p.m. AT. All results can be found at www.worldcurling.org/wjcc2019.
Italy 000 012 000 x – 3
*USA men 011 100 022 x – 7
USA women 001 010 301 x – 6
*Korea 020 204 010 x – 9
*last stone in first end
New Zealand 3-1
Here is a look at the competition schedule for the American teams (all times local, Atlantic Time Zone):
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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