Hamilton duo picks up two big wins in Sweden

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 31, 2019, 4:39 p.m. (ET)

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Jan. 31, 2019

USA’s mixed doubles team earns two big wins at Curling World Cup in Sweden

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA’s sibling duo of Becca Hamilton and Matt Hamilton picked up two key wins today to get back in the thick of the Curling World Cup race in Jonkoping, Sweden.

In the morning session at Jonkoping Curling Club, the Hamiltons (both of McFarland, Wis.) were trailing 5-4 but struck for five points to take the lead for good in an eventual 9-6 victory over Russia’s Maria Komarova and Daniil Goriachev.

“Big ends happen when you get fortunate. They had two or three misses in a row and we were able to capitalize,” Matt Hamilton said. “We had the option to draw for three or throw a half rock hit for four or five and Becca and I like to play a risky game!”

In the afternoon draw against China’s Cao Chang and Yuan Mingjie, the U.S. team stole the final end to improve to 2-1 in the double round robin in Group B. The two wins earned the Americans six points in the overall standings where they are currently tied for first place with Russia.

The U.S. doubles team had a shaky first start but mismanagement of the time clock by China awarded two points to the Americans instead. At this event, teams are given two minutes and 50 seconds to complete an end for the first four ends in mixed doubles and then three minutes for the fifth through eighth ends, forcing teams to manage the clock efficiently. China was attempting a takeout to score three points when they ran out of time in the opening end.

China was then forced to draw for a single point in the second end but stole one in the third to even the scoreboard. The U.S. was light with its final draw attempt in the fourth end, awarding two more stolen points to China as they took a 4-2 lead at the halfway mark. The Americans had to reach the four-foot to score two points in the fifth end but were light again and accepted just a single point. China used its power play in the sixth end but was forced to draw for a single point facing two U.S. counters. The U.S. tied the game in the seventh end after using its power play to set up an end to score multiple points. They had a tap attempt for three but didn’t have enough weight on the final stone as they secured two instead. The Americans would steal the winning point in the eighth end thanks to a fantastic last stone from Becca Hamilton to pick out a buried Chinese counter. The Chinese had to draw into the four-foot for the win, but their final stone made contact with a guard and never reached its target.

Mark Fenner and the U.S. men secured their first win as they got past Japan’s Masaki Iwai, 6-4, today. Japan (0-2) had a chance for two points in the seventh end but missed its final shot and settled for a point as the game was tied heading into the final end. Fenner (Bemidji, Minn.) and his team of Tom Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.), Korey Dropkin (Duluth, Minn.) and Alex Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) played a solid eighth end and made a takeout with the last stone for the win.

After a perfect start to the Curling World Cup, Cory Christensen and the U.S. ladies fell to Japan’s Tori Koana rink, 8-5, in the night session. Christensen (Duluth, Minn.) and teammates Vicky Persinger (Fairbanks, Alaska), Jenna Martin (Wauwatosa, Wis.) and Madison Bear (Minneapolis, Minn.) fell behind early on but made a draw for two points in the fifth end to try to get back into the game as Japan led 5-4. Japan would take advantage of some half shots from the U.S. team in the sixth end to score three points and put the game out of reach. The Americans tried a tough in-off shot for two points in the seventh end to keep their hopes alive, but the shot only resulted in a single point. Japan would efficiently clean the house in the eighth to sew up the victory. Earlier today, the U.S. ladies defeated Korea, 6-5. They are tied for first place in Group B with Japan and Korea at six points. 

To learn more about the new Curling World Cup, go to www.curlingworldcup.com/.

Standings (double round robin): Win-Loss-Total Points

Women’s Group A:

China                  2-1         6

Russia                 2-1         6

Sweden              2-1         6

Canada               0-3         0

Women’s Group B:

Japan                  2-1         6

Korea                  2-1         6

USA                     2-1         6

Scotland             0-3         0

Men, Group A:

Switzerland        2-0         5

Sweden              1-1         4

USA                     1-1         3

Japan                  0-2         0

Men’s Group B:

Canada               2-0         6

Scotland             2-0         5

Norway               0-2         1

China                  0-2         0

Mixed Doubles, Group A:

Switzerland        2-1         6

Sweden              2-1         5

Canada               1-1         4

Korea                  0-2         0

Mixed Doubles, Group B:

Russia                 2-1         6

USA                     2-1         6

China                  1-2         3

Norway               1-2         3

Playoffs:

The winner of each group after the double round robin concludes will advance to Sunday’s championship finals (mixed doubles, men’s, women’s).

How to watch:

The Olympic Channel and NBCSN are providing coverage in the U.S. To view the full TV/webstream schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2019/January/29/TV-schedule-for-Curling-World-Cup-in-Sweden.

Team USA’s remaining competition schedule (all times local, +7 CT):

Friday:

8:30 a.m., USA men vs. Switzerland’s Yannick Schwaller

12 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Norway

4 p.m., USA women vs. Scotland; USA men vs. Sweden

8 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Russia

Saturday:

8:30 a.m., USA women vs. Korea

12 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. China; USA men vs. Japan

4 p.m., USA women vs. Japan

8 p.m., USA men vs. Switzerland

Sunday:

8:30 a.m., mixed doubles final

12 p.m., men’s final

4 p.m., women’s final

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