Bouncing back: United States takes dramatic curling victory over Canada

Doug Mendoza
February 23, 2018

Meanwhile, the US women's curling team also is 4-4 after a 9-6 loss to first-place Korea on Tuesday. The result was quite the opposite for the American women.

John Shuster's team came up with a pretty good answer Thursday at Gangneung Curling Centre.

Hours later, the USA women's team, with McFarland's Nina Roth and Becca Hamilton, lost 9-6 to Sweden when a victory would have put it into a tiebreaker game. "We're not trying to be mean either but your movies weren't exactly riveting theater Kirstie", the athletes tweeted from their Team Shuster account, which is named after captain John Shuster.

Shuster, 35, first competed in curling at the Torino winter games in 2006, where he won the bronze medal.

Great defense by the US - in particular two hard takeouts with George's stones to remove Canadian rocks behind corner guards - led to Canada being forced into making a takeout to score just one point in the seventh end.

Canada led 3-1 after the first three ends but each team registered just one score apiece over the next four. A miss by the US allowed Canada to draw for two points. "We have to attack, we have to get in on the forecheck, we have to use our offensive players that we do have, the skill set that we do have".

His sister, Becca Hamilton, wasn't able to extend her stay in the tournament.

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The rest of the scoring was in single points, and the Swiss conceded after Shuster's takeout scored in the ninth end.

"We had our fate in our hands and didn't quite finish it out and execute", Roth said. "But we don't want to go home empty-handed, so as much as this sucks right now, if we can come out, play well and win tomorrow, and go home with a medal - that'll take some of the sting off". Sometimes it doesn't quite work out for us.

The U.S. team kept control of the scoreboard today to fuel the win over Great Britain as they surged into the playoffs. "We played as sharp as we could, and we managed to do that", she added. It went back and forth with Team Shuster all day, with neither team leading by more than two. "It was even tougher in Vancouver because we were going in undefeated and playing a team that was 5-4". We hung in there.

"We started badly, and had little chance to catch up".

The U.S. team including Milwaukee's Brian Hansen and Marquette student Emery Lehman lost the D final of the team pursuit competition to Canada and finished last of eight teams.

The US will now face Sweden, who defeated Switzerland 9-3, in the final on Saturday.

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