Playoff field nearly set in Denver

By Terry L. Davis | March 28, 2019, 11:16 p.m. (ET)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 28, 2019

 

Tiebreaker game on tap at 2019 Mixed National Championship

 

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – While the round robin came to a close tonight, one playoff berth will need to be determined via a tiebreaker match tomorrow at the 2019 USA Curling Mixed National Championship in Golden, Colo.

 

Teams skipped by Evan Workin, Caitlin Pulli and Sean Murray all secured semifinal berths earlier in the day, which left one more up for grabs tonight at the Denver Curling Club. Wins by both Ben Richardson and Hunter Clawson gave them matching 6-3 records to force a tiebreaker match to determine the fourth playoff team.

 

Workin (Fargo, N.D.) and teammates Rachel Workin (Fargo, N.D.), Jordan Brown (Elk River, Minn.), and Christina Lammers (Reiles Acres, N.D.) are hoping to defend the title they won last year in Lakeville, Minn. The foursome defeated Murray’s team, 8-4, in the morning draw, but fell tonight to Clawson’s team, 5-4, on the final stone.

 

Pulli (Rochester, N.Y.) and teammates Jeff Pulli (Rochester, N.Y.), Rebecca Andrew (Penfield, N.Y.), and Jason Scott (Rochester, N.Y.) finished out the round robin with an 11-0 win over Doug Schaak’s team from Oregon’s Evergreen Curling Club for a 7-2 record.

 

Murray (St. Paul, Minn.) and his team of Stephanie Senneker (Port Huron, Mich.), Dan Wiza (Waunakee, Wis.), and Emilia Juocys (Lathrup Village, Mich.) also had a shutout win to conclude the round robin as they made quick work of Aaron Johnston’s Denver rink, 8-0, this afternoon.

 

Pulli and Murray will meet in the semi-finals in a re-match of last year’s bronze-medal game. Top-seeded Workin will take on the winner of the tiebreaker in the other semifinal.

 

Richardson’s team defeated Clawson, 7-5, to keep their playoff hopes alive earlier in the day and then wrapped up the round robin with a 7-5 victory over Johnston’s team tonight. Richardson (Cleveland, Ohio) and his team of Jenna Burchesky (Eau Claire, Wis.), Jon Harstad (Duluth, Minn.), and Allison Howell (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored three points to open tonight’s match against Johnston’s rink and hung another three when Richardson converted a triple takeout in the fourth end with the final stone.

 

Clawson (Minneapolis, Minn.), who won the mixed title in 2017, and teammates Katherine Gourianova (Potomac, Md.), Eli Clawson (Clarksville, Md.), and Sydney Mullaney (Concord, Mass.) controlled most of tonight’s match against Workin’s defending champions and sewed up the win with takeout to score a point.

 

The semifinals will take place at 7:30 p.m. MT Friday. The winning teams will advance to the gold-medal game at 2 p.m. Saturday. The losing side will play for the bronze medal, also at 2 p.m. Follow along throughout the championship by watching the live webstream at https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/webstream. In addition, live scores and standings are posted at www.usacurl.org.

 

Draw 13 scores (7 tonight): Lee 7, Schaak 0; Durrant 9, George 4; Richardson 7, Johnston 5; Clawson 5, Workin 4

 

Draw 12 scores (2:30 p.m. today): Murray 8, Johnston 0; Pulli 11, Schaak 0; Richardson 7, Clawson 5

 

Draw 11 scores (9 a.m. today): George 7, Pulli 5; Lee 4, Durrant 3; Workin 6, Murray 4

 

Standings:

Dakota Territory (Evan Workin)                7-2Q

Grand National II (Caitlin Pulli)                  7-2Q

Great Lakes (Sean Murray)                        7-2Q

Wisconsin (Ben Richardson)                      6-3TB

Grand National I (Hunter Clawson)          6-3TB

Mid-America (Aaron Johnston)                 4-5

Midwest (David Durrant)                           3-6

Minnesota (Tyler George)                          3-6

Washington (Thomas Lee)                         2-7

Mountain Pacific (Doug Schaak)               0-9

Q=qualified to playoffs

 

Playoff teams:

Dakota Territory: Evan Workin (Fargo, N.D.), Rachel Workin (Fargo, N.D.), Jordan Brown (Elk River, Minn.), Christina Lammers (Reiles Acres, N.D.)

 

Grand National 2: Caitlin Pulli (Rochester, N.Y.), Jeff Pulli (Rochester, N.Y.), Rebecca Andrew (Penfield, N.Y.), Jason Scott (Rochester, N.Y.)

 

Great Lakes: Sean Murray (St. Paul, Minn.), Stephanie Senneker (Port Huron, Mich.), Dan Wiza (Waunakee, Wis.), Emilia Juocys (Lathrup Village, Mich.)

 

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