OMAHA, Nebraska -- John Shuster and the USA men secured their second straight win of the day with a double takeout to defeat Canada tonight at the Curling World Cup.
Shuster (Superior, Wis.) and his team of Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.), and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) had another strong shooting performance at Ralston Arena as they moved into a tie with China for first place in Group A with six World Cup points in the double round robin.
"Any time you steal points, especially in a game when points are hard to come by is huge," Shuster said after the 5-3 win over Jason Gunnlaugson's crew. The USA-Canada match didn't see any scoring bigger than a single point tonight but two key steals midway through the game allowed the U.S. to be in control. When Canada's final stone of the match sunk a little deeper into the house than desired, Shuster's team converted a double takeout for victory.
Paired with their win over Scotland earlier today, the U.S. men are 2-1 overall and return to the ice against China at 12 p.m. tomorrow.
"You get eight teams from all around the world playing for some money and pride, it really is fun," Shuster said about the event. "We've got some great ice out there and great playing conditions. It's fun to have a men's, women's and mixed doubles event going on altogether so we have that extra camaraderie."
USA's mixed doubles team of Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) and Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.) bounced back from a loss to China earlier today to defeat Russia in the afternoon session. Peterson and Polo controlled the whole match against Anastasia Moskaleva and Aleksandr Eremin that led to an 8-3 victory.
"Our loss was a really close game, we controlled the whole game. So, it wasn't the result we wanted, but we were still playing well. So, we knew if we just kept playing how we were playing, a few more different strategy calls, that we probably would come out on top of this game," Peterson said. "We've never played that team before (Russia), so we didn't know what to expect. They beat China and lost to Norway so it seems that everyone is pretty even in our pool. We're pretty happy how we played though. It's going to give us a lot of confidence, I think."
Peterson and Polo are tied with Norway at six points in Group B while Switzerland - the 2018 Olympic silver medallists - are in control of Group A at the halfway mark of the round robin. The Americans will take on Norway at 12 p.m. CT tomorrow.
"Every game we are getting a better feel of what the ice is doing, what the rocks are doing, and anticipating sweep calls. Every game we're getting better," Peterson said. "It's nice to have the crowd cheering for you, for sure."
Jamie Sinclair and the undefeated U.S women return to the ice tomorrow morning with a showdown against Canada's Tracy Fleury rink.
To view the full TV/webstream schedule, go to https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling/Features/2018/December/05/Curling-World-Cup-TV-and-livestream-schedule.
Here is a look at Team USA's remaining competition schedule (all times CDT):
Friday, Dec. 7:
8:30 a.m., USA women vs. Canada
12 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Norway; USA men vs. China
4 p.m., USA women vs. Korea
7:30 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. China
Saturday, Dec. 8.:
8:30 a.m., USA men vs. Scotland
12 p.m., USA women vs. Russia
4 p.m., USA mixed doubles vs. Russia; USA men vs. Canada
7:30 p.m., USA women vs. Canada.
Sunday, Dec. 9:
8:30 a.m., mixed doubles final
12 p.m., women's final
4 p.m., men's final
Games will be eight ends as standard and, in each discipline, there will be two groups of four.
Teams will play a double round robin, with the teams finishing top of their groups moving into finals that will decide the winners.
In a move away from other international curling championships, there will be no extra ends to decide tied games. Instead, there will be a one stone shoot-out, for each team, with the team closest to the button winning the game.
Expanding on that idea, teams will be handed three points for a win in eight ends and two points if they win after a shoot-out. The team that loses the shoot-out gets a single point and a losing team after eight ends gets no points. In addition, the winning team, in each discipline, will get ten points and the runner-up five points. These Curling World Cup Points are accumulated in each discipline throughout the first three legs and credited to the Member Associations, to establish the Curling World Cup ranking.
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