North America finally gets a win in Vegas

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 18, 2019, 1:56 p.m. (ET)

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Jan. 18, 2019

Team North America finally breaks through at 2019 WFG Continental Cup

(LAS VEGAS) – You have to start somewhere. After giving up 11 straight points, Team North America is finally on the scoreboard after securing its first win at the 2019 WFG Continental Cup this morning.

As much as USA’s Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) would have liked to have added to that tally, the American duo’s rally fell short as they lost to Team World’s Eve Muirhead and Bobby Lammie, 8-4, in mixed doubles at the Orleans Arena.

“I’m sure getting out there to play team games tonight for the men will be big. I think this afternoon if we can score a couple it will get us rolling into the skins games – that’s where the big points are anyway,” Landsteiner said about North America’s deficit.

Team North America’s first win instead came from Canada’s Dawn McEwen and Ben Hebert, who took down the Swedish duo of Sofia Mabergs and Christoffer Sundgren, 6-3.

The U.S. team fell behind in the first half but tried to stage a comeback in the second as they got used to the environment.

“We just had a better handle on the ice in the second half and got more used to playing together. It’s tough out there and, obviously, Team World is handling it well, so we were just trying to figure the ice out,” Anderson said.

“We only played one side of the sheet for the first five ends and then were forced to play the other side and figured that out,” Landsteiner added.

After allowing Muirhead and Lammie to draw in for three points to start the game, Anderson’s final draw of the second end was a hair heavy and the U.S. team had to settle for a single point. The U.S. duo seemingly had control of most of the third end but Muirhead capitalized with a hit and roll to score three more for Team World.

Heavy draws from Team World to start the fourth end should have put Team North America in good position in the fourth end, but the Scottish duo turned it around and earned a single steal when Anderson’s difficult double takeout of stones wedged on the button only got one out. Trailing by six, the U.S. team put the power play to use in hopes of stirring up some offense to start the second half. However, less than precise shots forced the U.S. to draw for a single point.

“I think teams are learning how to counter the power play pretty well. You usually see only one point scored or a bunch depending on who is going to execute,” Anderson said.

A fantastic runback with Anderson’s final stone in the sixth end set up a steal for the Americans as they cut into the deficit. Another steal in the seventh end for the U.S. helped narrow the gap to three points as they tried to inch their way back into the game.

The U.S. started out well in the eighth end with a perfect freeze with Anderson’s first stone. As the end developed the U.S. had two stones in scoring position but inadvertently juggled them with their last shot of the game to take away the hope of a tie game for a split of the available points.

Team World’s Swiss duo of Silvana Tirinzoni and Benoit Schwarz nearly had a perfect six-ender but were heavy with their draw in the sixth end. It wouldn’t matter in the end as the duo defeated Team North America’s Joanne Courtney and Denni Neufeld, 9-3.

Next up at 1:30 today is another round of mixed doubles. USA’s Jamie Sinclair and Chris Plys team up to take on Sweden’s Niklas Edin and Sara McManus. Matt Hamilton teams up with Canada’s Emma Miskew to battle Scotland’s Lauren Gray and Grant Hardie while Taylor Anderson is paired with Canada’s Colton Flasch to go up against the Swiss duo of Melanie Barbezat and Valentin Tanner. Saturday’s matchups for women’s, men’s and mixed team scramble will be announced later tonight.

Live webstreaming of the event for U.S. fans is available on ESPN3 as part of Curling Canada’s partnership. Webstreaming details and a link to scores and standings are included on this page: https://go.teamusa.org/2DAFBOY

Line score:

*Team North America (Anderson-Landsteiner)        010 011 10 – 4

Team World (Muirhead-Lammie)                                303 100 01 – 8

*last rock in first end

Current point totals:
Team North America:  1
Team World:  11

(First team to 30.5 points wins)

Schedule for the first two days:

Friday: 1:30 p.m., mixed doubles
Sheet A - Emma Miskew/Matt Hamilton (North America) vs. Lauren Gray/Grant Hardie (World)
Sheet B - Jamie Sinclair/Chris Plys (North America) vs. Sara McManus/Niklas Edin (World)
Sheet C - Taylor Anderson/Colton Flasch (North America) vs. Melanie Barbezat/Valentin Tanner (World)

6:30 p.m., men’s team play
Sheet A - Team Koe (North America) vs. Team de Cruz (World)
Sheet B - Team Shuster (North America) vs. Team Edin (World)
Sheet C - Team Gushue (North America) vs. Team Mouat (World)

What’s at stake:

A purse of $130,000 (Canadian), with $84,500 going to the winning side. A total of 60 points are available to win, with the first team to earn more than 30 points being declared the winner.

Format:

Teams will compete in two draws – one men’s and one women’s – of traditional team play, reduced from six. Each team at the event will play one game worth one point in the overall standings. There will be four mixed doubles draws, increased from three. Each player will compete in a full mixed doubles game, and each of those games will be worth one point in the overall standings.

 

New this year are the Team Scramble and Mixed Team Play events, which put an emphasis on how curlers can perform with teammates they’d regularly play against as opponents. In the team scramble, men’s and women’s teams will be mixed to form new same-gender lineups. However, front-end and back-end teammates cannot be on the same rink. There will be one men’s and one women’s Team Scramble draw, with each game worth one point in the overall standings.

 

The Mixed Team Play comprises two men and two women on a team. There will be one draw of Mixed Team Play with two games featuring lineups of a male skip, female vice skip, male second and female lead. The third game will feature a female skip, male vice skip, female second and male lead. Mixed Team Play games will be worth two points each in the overall standings.

The World Financial Group Continental Cup will conclude with two draws of Skins games, with each game worth five points in the overall standings.

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).