FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 3, 2019
U.S. men start off Winter World University Games on winning note
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Andrew Stopera and Team USA started off the 2019 Winter World University Games on a winning note as the round robin got underway today in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Stopera (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and teammates Luc Violette (Edmonds, Wash.), Alex Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) and Graem Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) defeated 2019 World Juniors bronze medalist Ross Whyte, representing Great Britain, United Kingdom, by an 8-2 score as the nine-game round robin began at the Ivan Yarygin Sports Palace.
The U.S. men began the game with the last stone but it was Great Britain that scored first as Whyte’s team stole a point. It was all USA thereafter as the U.S. men scored in the next five ends to build a 7-1 lead. After holding the Scottish men to a single in the seventh, the U.S. team scored another point in the eighth that prompted Whyte’s team to concede.
The U.S. men return to the ice on Monday with games against Switzerland (1-0) and Canada (1-0) on tap. Follow the action at http://wu2019.worldcurling.org/.
Men’s round robin standings:
Czech Republic 0-1
United Kingdom 0-1
Here is a look at the round robin competition schedule for Team USA (all times local, GMT +7):
Monday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Switzerland; 7 p.m., USA vs. Canada
Tuesday: 2 p.m., USA vs. China
Wednesday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Sweden; 7 p.m., USA vs. Norway
Thursday: 2 p.m., USA vs. Russia
Friday: 9 a.m., USA vs. Korea; 7 p.m., USA vs. Czech Republic
Saturday: 9 a.m., qualification games (#3 vs. #6, #4 vs. #5); 4 p.m., semifinals (winners of qualification games vs. #1 and #2 seeds)
Sunday, March 10: 9 a.m., men’s gold- and bronze-medal games; 3:30 p.m., women’s gold- and bronze-medal games
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