US men’s curling gets back on track with win over Great Britain
The United States men’s curling team, the defending gold medalists, rebounded from their loss to Sweden with a 9-7 win over Great Britain on day two of play at the Olympics in winter.
After US chooses to dump to retain hammer, jump John Shuster gave the Americans a 2-0 lead in the second end with two slow draws.
The British responded in the third when skip Bruce Mouat delivered a takeout with the game-tying hammer.
A miss from Mouat in the next end opened the door for the Americans. With the United States lying four stones inside the house, Great Britain called a time out, but could only clear one. Shuster released the British stone without hesitation and the United States took a 5-2 lead.
The Brits came back with a well-played round in the fifth. USA went for a safe strategy with their outs, giving up two runs to make the game 5-4.
With that momentum, Mouat played a masterful draw that landed on the button on his first rock and then defended against the American hammer on the next. A steal of two put Great Britain ahead in sixth.
However, in a high-pressure seventh, USA showed no nerves and regained a 7-6 lead with one out to end the inning.
Great Britain couldn’t take advantage of the hammer and settled for one to tie the game at seven with two ends to play.
The ninth turned out to be the decisive end. American Vice Skip Chris Plys seemed to lay its second stone inside the British, but it was close enough to be questioned. Even so, Shuster opted for a draw over a first stone out. Mouat responded with a draw of his own which he landed inside, which was quickly pulled out by the United States to give them a two point lead.
With the Americans John Landsteiner and Matt Hamilton playing their stones to keep to start the tenth, the British were banked in and suffered defeat.
The Americans return to the ice Saturday at 1:05 a.m. ET against Norway, while Great Britain will need to regroup quickly with a game Friday morning against Norway at 7:05 a.m. ET.