FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 27, 2019
Fast start fuels win for Czech Republic over USA
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – The Toyota USA Curling National Team had a tough opening day loss to the Czech Republic today as the Americans opened round robin play at the World Wheelchair B Curling Championship in Finland.
Steve Emt (Hebron, Conn.) and the U.S. team fell into an early deficit but put together some solid ends late in the game in an effort to steal the win. However, Czech Republic’s Radek Musilek rink would come away with a 7-6 victory at Kisakallio Sports Institute in Lohja.
Emt and his team of Matthew Thums (Weston, Wis.), David Samsa (Suamico, Wis.), Meghan Lino (East Falmouth, Mass.), and alternate Pam Wilson (Westminster, Colo.) had a modest 1-0 lead before the Czechs got on the scoreboard with three points in the third end. The U.S. had some points simmering in the fourth end before a great shot from the Czechs resulted in setting up a single steal when Emt’s final stone was light. The U.S. was in trouble in the fifth end and Emt was facing a takeout against three Czech stones. A key miss gave the opposing team three points and a commanding 7-1 lead with just three ends to play.
The U.S. made more shots in the second half of the match and a nice takeout of a stone in the back of the house by Emt gave the Americans three points in the sixth end. Great play from the U.S. front end set up a steal of one in the seventh end. The U.S. was applying pressure throughout that end and nearly came away with more points had the Czechs not made a nice double takeout. The U.S. couldn’t position stones precise enough in the eighth end and could only steal more than one point as the Czechs started the tournament in the win column.
The U.S. team returns to the ice on Thanksgiving Day with two matches on tap as they face Lithuania (1-0) and Denmark (0-1). The U.S. needs to finish in the top three to earn back a spot in the upcoming World Wheelchair Championship.
Standings, Group A:
Standings, Group B:
Czech Rep. 1-0
Live scores are posted at https://worldcurling.org/events/wwhbcc2019/.
Here is a look at Team USA’s round robin schedule (all times local, +7 ET):
Thursday: USA vs. Lithuania (Andrej Daskevic), 12 p.m.; USA vs. Denmark (Kenneth Oerbaek), 8 p.m.
Friday: USA vs. Germany (Christiane Putzich), 2:30 p.m.
Saturday: USA vs. Slovenia (Robert Zerovnik), 8:30 a.m.; USA vs. England (Rosemary Lenton), 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: USA vs. Hungary (Viktor Beke), 9:30 a.m.
Sunday: Qualification playoffs, 6 p.m.
Monday: Semifinals, 9 a.m.; medal games, 2:30 p.m.
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