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Team World continues to dominate Continental Cup

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 19, 2019, 12:42 a.m. (ET)


Jan. 18, 2019

Team World continues winning ways at 2019 WFG Continental Cup

(LAS VEGAS) – Team North America’s big step forward this afternoon with the sweep of the mixed doubles draw was all but erased tonight as Team World continues to dominate the 2019 WFG Continental Cup.

With two more wins, Team World extended its lead to 14.5-4.5 after Nikas Edin and Peter de Cruz led their teams to victories tonight over North America’s John Shuster and Kevin Koe rinks. Brad Gushue’s North American squad tied Team World’s Bruce Mouat to split the available point.

“We’re down by nine, but tomorrow if we can keep it at that gap with the skins [on Sunday] being each worth five points, those wins are huge,” Shuster said. “If we can narrow it a tiny bit tomorrow and someone comes out and sweeps the skins game, all of a sudden it’s tight. We just have to make sure we come out tomorrow and keep the margin at most where it’s at and if we can narrow it in half, that’d be great.”

Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and his team of Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) were tied with Edin’s squad after seven ends as the Swedes held on to the hammer for the final end where they scored three points.

“It was a very well-played game,” Shuster said. “We made one little hiccup there that maybe cost us. I should have probably thrown a draw to the side of the house there in the seventh to be down two coming home as opposed to tied up against those guys because it gets really, really tough.”

Team Edin opened the match with a deuce to momentarily grab control of the game’s momentum. The U.S. men, however, quickly countered with hit for two points in the second end. Sweden had another deuce set up in the third but Edin’s first skip stone rolled out after making a takeout. This allowed Shuster to remove the other Swedish rock in the house and the end was blanked.

The Swedes would capitalize for two more in the fourth end but Shuster converted a takeout in the fifth end to tie the game. After blanking the sixth end, Team Edin could have taken two points in the seventh end but opted to blank that end as well to keep the hammer in the final end. Games at this event do not go to an extra end and tie games would result in a split of the points.

“Those guys are some of our better friends on Tour so I’m sure that win felt pretty good for those guys,” Shuster said.

But there is hope for Team North America to continue its Continental Cup win streak as the point values double tomorrow when the new team scramble events debut at Orleans Arena. All of the U.S. athletes will take the ice throughout Saturday’s competition beginning with the women’s team scramble in the 8:30 a.m. draw. USA’s Jamie Sinclair and Taylor Anderson will be paired with Canadians Emma Miskew and Lisa Weagle to take on Team World’s Swedish/Swiss combo of Silvana Tirinzoni, Sara McManus, Esther Neuenschwander, and Sofia Mabergs. USA’s Sarah Anderson and Monica Walker will be paired with Canada’s Jennifer Jones and Jocelyn Peterman to battle Team World’s Scottish/Swiss team of Eve Muirhead, Alina Pätz, Vicki Chalmers, and Melanie Barbezat. Men’s team scramble will be played at 1:30 p.m. and a mixed team scramble will highlight the evening draw. Full matchups are listed below. Sunday’s pairing for the skins competition will be announced tomorrow.

Line score:

Team North America (Shuster)  020 020 00 – 4

*Team World (Edin)                     200 200 03 – 7

*last rock in first end

Current point totals:
Team North America:  4.5
Team World:  13.5

(First team to 30.5 points wins)

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.: Women’s Team Scramble
Sheet A – Jennifer Jones/Sarah Anderson/Jocelyn Peterman/Monica Walker (North America) vs. Eve Muirhead/Alina Pätz/Vicki Chalmers/Melanie Barbezat (World)

Sheet B –Rachel Homan/Kaitlyn Lawes/Joanne Courtney/Dawn McEwen (North America) vs. Anna Hasselborg/Jennifer Dodds/Agnes Knochenhauer/Lauren Gray (World)

Sheet C –Jamie Sinclair/Emma Miskew/Taylor Anderson/Lisa Weagle (North America) vs. Silvana Tirinzoni/Sara McManus/Esther Neuenschwander/Sofia Mabergs (World)


1:30 p.m.: Men’s Team Scramble
Sheet A – Kevin Koe/Chris Plys/Brett Gallant/Ben Hebert (North America) vs. Bruce Mouat/Sven Michel/Bobby Lammie/Valentin Tanner (World)

Sheet B – Brad Gushue/B.J. Neufeld/Matt Hamilton/Geoff Walker (North America) vs. Niklas Edin/Grant Hardie/Rasmus Wranå/Hammy McMillan (World)

Sheet C – John Shuster/Mark Nichols/Colton Flasch/John Landsteiner (North America) vs. Benoît Schwarz/Oskar Eriksson/Peter de Cruz/Christoffer Sundgren (World)


6:30 p.m.: Mixed Team Scramble
Sheet A – Brad Gushue/Kaitlyn Lawes/Brett Gallant/Dawn McEwen (North America) vs. Bruce Mouat/Jennifer Dodds/Bobby Lammie/Lauren Gray (World)

Sheet B – Rachel Homan/B.J. Neufeld/Joanne Courtney/Ben Hebert (North America) vs. Anna Hasselborg/Oskar Eriksson/Agnes Knochenhauer/Christoffer Sundgren (World)

Sheet C – John Shuster/Jamie Sinclair/Matt Hamilton/Monica Walker (North America) vs. Benoît Schwarz/Alina Pätz/Peter de Cruz/Melanie Barbezat (World)

How to watch:

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

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.


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).

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