USA (Washington) playoff run ends at 2016 World Mixed Championship in Russia

USA (Washington) playoff run ends at 2016 World Mixed Championship in Russia

October 17, 2016 - 1:23pm -- Doug Potter

Oct. 21, 2016
 
Scotland ends USA’s run at 2016 World Mixed Championship in Russia
 
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – USA’s Fred Maxie rink finally saw its win streak come to an end as Scotland defeated the Americans, 4-1, this morning in the Round of 16 playoffs of the 2016 World Mixed Championship.
 
Maxie (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and his team of Em Good (Seattle), MacAllan Guy (Seattle), and Fran Walsh (Burien, Wash.) had won its past five games to earn a playoff berth at the Sport Palace in Kazan, Russia. The team met the Scottish rink skipped by Cameron Bryce this morning and struggled to put points on the scoreboard in the low-scoring affair.
 
Maxie’s rink scored first in the game as the team put a single point on the scoreboard. However, it would be the only time the team would profit as Scotland scored three points in the second end to take the lead for good. The U.S. team had the last-rock advantage for the remaining six ends but was unable to set up the necessary points for the win. It was the first world championship appearance for the U.S. team members after they captured the 2016 USA Curling Mixed National Championship title this spring in Tempe, Ariz. The team was coached by Bob Walstad (Bottineau, N.D.). Scotland (7-0) will now face Canada (8-0) in the next round of the playoffs.
 
The quarterfinals will get underway at 7 p.m. MSK today. The semifinals and medal games are on tap Saturday to conclude the event. View the playoff bracket here, http://www.worldcurling.org/wmxcc2016.
 
USA line score:
Scotland             030 100 0x – 4
*USA                   100 000 0x – 1
*last rock in first end
 
Playoff scores, Round of 16:
Canada 6, Czech Republic 2
Sweden 8, New Zealand 6
Japan 5, Hungary 2
Scotland 4, USA 1
Germany 10, Turkey 1
Korea 7, Poland 4
Switzerland 7, Finland 1
Russia 9, Italy 1
 
Quarterfinal matchups:
Japan v. Sweden
Russia v. Switzerland
Scotland v. Canada
Germany v. Korea
 
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, Brakebush Inc., and Skills.com, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.
 
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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).

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Oct. 20, 2016
 
USA to take on Scotland in playoffs of 2016 World Mixed Championship in Russia
 
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – USA’s Fred Maxie rink will battle Scotland as the Round of 16 playoffs of the 2016 World Mixed Championship get underway Friday morning at the Sport Palace in Kazan, Russia.
 
Maxie’s rink earned its playoff spot earlier today with an overtime win over Latvia to secure the No. 12 playoff seed out of Group D. Scotland (6-0) finished first in Group A and earned the No. 5 overall seed.
 
Maxie (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Em Good (Seattle), MacAllan Guy (Seattle), and Frances Walsh (Burien, Wash.) will look to knock out undefeated Cameron Bryce’s rink from Scotland to continue their quest to reach the podium in Russia.
 
The USA-Scotland game will take place Friday at 9:30 a.m. MSK (2:30 a.m. ET). Finland defeated England, 6-5, while the Czech Republic got past Denmark, 10-3, in the tiebreaker games with the winners advancing to the playoffs. New Zealand (3-3) earned the final spot as the fourth-place team from the five pools with the best pre-game Last Shot Draw (LSD) distance.
 
The Round of 16 playoffs will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. MSK tomorrow followed by the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. View the playoff bracket here, http://www.worldcurling.org/wmxcc2016.
 
Group A standings:
Scotland             6-0 Q
Japan                  5-1 Q
Italy                     4-2 Q
New Zealand     3-3 Q
Norway               2-4
Belarus               1-5
Romania             0-6
 
Group B standings:
Sweden              6-0 Q
Hungary             5-1 Q
Finland               3-3 Q (defeated ENG in TB)
England              3-3
Ireland                2-4
Slovakia              2-4
Brazil                   0-6
 
Group C standings:
Russia                 6-0 Q
Poland                4-2 Q
Czech Republic  4-2 Q (defeated DEN in TB)
Denmark            4-2
Australia             2-4
Spain                   1-5
Kazakhstan        0-6
 
Group D standings:
Canada               7-0 Q
Korea                  5-2 Q
USA                     5-2 Q
Latvia                  4-3
Austria                4-3
France                 2-5
Andorra              1-6
Belgium              0-7
 
Group E standings:
Germany            7-0 Q
Switzerland        6-1 Q
Turkey                5-2 Q
Wales                  4-3
Estonia               3-4
Croatia                2-5
Slovenia              1-6
Netherlands      0-7
 
Q=Qualified for playoffs
TB = Tiebreaker game needed
 
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, Brakebush Inc., and Skills.com, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.
 
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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).

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Oct. 20, 2016
 
USA secures playoff berth at 2016 World Mixed Championship in Russia
 
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – It took an extra end and some extra deep breaths to calm the nerves, but Team USA clinched its spot in the playoffs of the 2016 World Mixed Championship today in Kazan, Russia.
 
The win over Latvia’s Ansis Regza rink was the fifth straight for Fred Maxie (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Em Good (Seattle), MacAllan Guy (Seattle), and Frances Walsh (Burien, Wash.) at the Kazan Sport Palace. The team’s 5-2 record equates to third place in Group D to secure a playoff berth for the Americans.
 
“It was good, it was a little more nerve-racking than it needed to be I guess, going to an extra end, but man, they played good. That angle-raise they played to tie it in eight was a peach. They played great, we’re happy to get the win though,” Maxie said about his opponents. “We kept trying to force the issue and they didn’t miss anything; they hardly missed a shot. Every time we tried to put the pressure on, they did something great so you’ve got to give them a lot of credit.”
 
The Round of 16 playoffs will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. MSK on Friday followed by the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Team USA’s ranking and opponent will be determined after tiebreaker games are concluded to fill the field of playoff contenders. View the initial bracket here, http://www.worldcurling.org/wmxcc2016.
 
The top three countries in each division advance to the playoffs, in addition to the fourth-place team from the five pools with the best pre-game Last Shot Draw (LSD) distance. Tiebreaker games will be played between England and Finland in Group B and Denmark and the Czech Republic out of Group C.
 
The Americans didn’t get on the scoreboard today until the fourth end as Latvia held onto the last-rock advantage until being forced to take a point in the third end. The U.S. countered with a single point and finally took the lead in the seventh end when they scored the game’s first deuce. Latvia tied the game in the eighth to force an extra end, but the U.S. team set up the win and scored two points to move on to the playoffs.
 
The semifinals and medal games are scheduled to take place on Saturday to conclude the championship. This is the second time that the World Mixed Championship is being contested. Norway, the defending champion, did not reach the playoffs. Scotland (6-0), Sweden (6-0), Russia (6-0), Canada (7-0), and Germany (7-0) won their respective divisions to earn the top five playoff seeds.
 
Line scores:
USA       000 100 20 2 – 5
*Latvia  001 001 01 0 – 3
*last rock in first end
 
Group A standings:
Scotland             6-0 Q
Japan                  5-1 Q
Italy                     4-2 Q
New Zealand     3-3
Norway               2-4
Belarus               1-5
Romania             0-6
 
Group B standings:
Sweden              6-0 Q
Hungary             5-1 Q
England              3-3 TB
Finland               3-3 TB
Ireland                2-4
Slovakia              2-4
Brazil                   0-6
 
Group C standings:
Russia                 6-0 Q
Poland                4-2 Q
Czech Republic  4-2 TB
Denmark            4-2 TB
Australia             2-4
Spain                   1-5
Kazakhstan        0-6
 
Group D standings:
Canada               7-0 Q
Korea                  5-2 Q
USA                     5-2 Q
Latvia                  4-3
Austria                4-3
France                 2-5
Andorra              1-6
Belgium              0-7
 
Group E standings:
Germany            7-0 Q
Switzerland        6-1 Q
Turkey                5-2 Q
Wales                  4-3
Estonia               3-4
Croatia                2-5
Slovenia              1-6
Netherlands      0-7
 
Q=Qualified for playoffs
TB = Tiebreaker game needed
 
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, Brakebush Inc., and Skills.com, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.
 
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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).

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Oct. 18, 2016

USA pushes win streak to four 2016 World Mixed Championship in Russia

(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA dominated France in earning its fourth straight victory at the 2016 World Mixed Championship today in Kazan, Russia.

It was the second win of the day for Fred Maxie (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Em Good (Seattle), MacAllan Guy (Seattle), and Frances Walsh (Burien, Wash.) at the Kazan Sport Palace after defeating Andorra, 11-1, earlier in the day.

After a sluggish start to the tournament that saw Team USA lose its first two games, the Americans (4-2) have come on strong in winning four games in a row to position themselves for a playoff spot. With one game remaining in the round robin for the U.S., they are currently in second place in their division behind Canada (5-0). The top three teams from each division earn direct berths to the playoffs.
In the morning session, Team USA battled Andorra’s Josep Garcia rink and quickly took control of the game. Maxie’s foursome scored two points with the hammer to start the match and followed up with steals in the next two ends to build a quick 6-0 lead. After holding Andorra to a single point in the fourth end, the Americans’ offense exploded again as they put four points on the scoreboard in the fifth and stole a point in the sixth to seal the win.

“You know, we’re finally starting to play like we can play,” Maxie said after the win over Andorra (1-4). “The rocks have been really tricky; I think it’s because they’re brand new rocks so they’ve been a little bit tricky. I think we’ve finally got them figured out and we’re starting to play our game so we’re feeling pretty good. Overall, once we lost our first two we couldn’t lose again so we’ve got to win them all at this point. It’s good to be on a roll, we’re three in a row now.”

In the evening game against France’s Stephane Vergnaud rink, the U.S. team was never threatened as they kept multiple stones in play for most of the match to make the final shot for France more difficult each time. After the U.S. stole a point to begin the match, France countered with its lone point in the second end. The Americans struck for three points in the third and stole the remaining ends to earn the lopsided victory. France was looking at four U.S. stones in scoring position when Vergnaud went to deliver his final stone of the sixth end. The team attempted to run back one of its own stones at the top of the rings into the house to remove a U.S. stone with the hopes that their rock would remain and score a point. The shot didn’t go as planned and the U.S. team stole three points, prompting France to offer the handshake to conclude the match.

Team USA has Wednesday off and will conclude the round robin on Thursday against Latvia (3-1).

After the round robin concludes on Thursday night, the top three countries in each division will advance to the playoffs, in addition to the fourth-place team from the five pools with the best pre-game Last Shot Draw (LSD) distance. If needed, tiebreaker games will be played to determine the full field of 16 playoff teams.

Russia (5-0), Germany (5-0) and Turkey (5-0) have secured playoff berths so far. The Round of 16 playoffs will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday followed by the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. The semifinals and medal games are scheduled on Saturday to conclude the championship on Saturday. To see the full standings and learn more, go to http://worldcurling.org/wmxcc2016.

Line scores:
USA 103 113 xx – 9
*France 010 000 xx – 1

Andorra 000 100 xx – 1
*USA 231 041 xx – 11
*last rock in first end

Group A standings:
Scotland 4-0
Japan 3-1
Italy 3-2
New Zealand 3-2
Norway 2-2
Belarus 0-4
Romania 0-4

Group B standings:
Sweden 4-0
Hungary 4-0
England 3-2
Slovakia 2-2
Finland 1-3
Ireland 1-3
Brazil 0-5

Group C standings:
Russia 5-0 Q
Czech Republic 2-1
Poland 3-2
Denmark 2-2
Australia 2-3
Spain 1-2
Kazakhstan 0-5

Group D standings:
Canada 5-0
USA 4-2
Korea 3-1
Latvia 3-2
Austria 3-2
Andorra 1-4
France 1-5
Belgium 0-4

Group E standings:
Germany 5-0 Q
Turkey 5-0 Q
Switzerland 4-1
Estonia 3-3
Slovenia 1-3
Wales 1-3
Croatia 1-5
Netherlands 0-5

Q=Qualified for playoffs

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, Brakebush Inc., and Skills.com, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).

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Oct. 17, 2016
(STEVENS POINT, Wis.) – Team USA recorded its second win at the 2016 World Mixed Championship after dispatching Belgium, 10-5, today in Kazan, Russia.
 
Fred Maxie (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and his team of Em Good (Seattle), MacAllan Guy (Seattle), and Frances Walsh (Burien, Wash.) started strong at the Kazan Sport Palace, held off Belgium’s mid-game rally, and evened its record to 2-2 in the seven-game round robin.
 
As in all previous matches at this event, the Americans started with the last rock in the first end and used it today to score two points to get the offense going against Belgium’s Loes Willems rink. The U.S. padded its lead by stealing two points from Belgium in the second end. The Belgium crew came to life in the third end by scoring three points and followed up with single steals in the next two ends to take the lead. The U.S. got back on track in the sixth end, scoring four points for an 8-5 advantage.
Late in the game, Belgium gave up a steal of two points and offered the handshake to end the match –10-5 in favor of the U.S.
The U.S. will return to the ice on Tuesday to take on Andorra (1-3) and France (1-3). The USA-France match will be the feature game on the live webstream at 8 p.m. local MSK/1 p.m. ET. at http://worldcurling.org/wmxcc2016.
Team USA will be idle on Wednesday and wrap up the round robin on Thursday against Latvia (3-1).
 
A record 37 countries are competing at this world championship. After the round robin concludes on Thursday night, the top three countries in each division will advance to the playoffs, in addition to the fourth-place team from the five pools with the best pre-game Last Shot Draw (LSD) distance. If needed, tiebreaker games will be played to determine the full field of 16 playoff teams.
 
The Round of 16 playoffs will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday followed by the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. The semifinals and medal games are scheduled on Saturday to conclude the championship on Saturday. To see the full standings and learn more, go to http://worldcurling.org/wmxcc2016.
 
Line score:
*USA                   220 004 2x – 10
Belgium              003 110 0x – 5
*last rock in first end
 
Draw 13 scores: Hungary 9, Ireland 2; Czech Republic 8, Poland 3; Australia 9, Kazakhstan 4; Switzerland 6, Estonia 3; USA 10, Belgium 5
 
Group D standings:
Canada               4-0
Latvia                  3-1
Korea                  2-1
USA                     2-2
Austria                2-2
Andorra              1-3
France                 1-3
Belgium              0-3
 
Here is a look at Team USA’s round robin schedule (all times local, +7 ET):
Tuesday, Oct. 18: USA v. Andorra, 12 p.m.; USA v. France, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20: USA v. Latvia, 4 p.m.
 
USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, BalancePlus, Brakebush Inc., and Skills.com, and is partnered with Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, Hilton HHonors, United Airlines, RJM Licensing Inc., and CurlingZone.
 
For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile) or 715-344-1199, Ext. 202 (office).

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