Curling: Norway ends USA’s stay at Worlds

Team USA’s luck ran out of luck April 10 at the 2009 Ford World Men’s Curling Tournament when it fell to the Thomas Ulstad rink from Norway 10-2.

Norway had defeated the John Shuster foursome 7-5 in the round robin. Ulstad shot a record 100 percent. Norway moved on to face Switzerland in the 3-4 page playoff with champion Canada facing Scotland in the 1-2 matchup.

The Swiss shaded Germany 8-7 in the second tiebreaker. Both losers ended 7-5 in the meet. Norway and Switzerland advanced to 8-4.

The teams began seeming testing each others draw weight with Ulsrud drawing through a thin port to score twice in the first end, then stealing another in the second for a 3-0 lead.

After Shuster picked up his first point in the third, Norway countered with two in the fourth and fifth for a 7-1 lead to wrap up the decision. Three more in the seventh established the final 10-2 margin and ended play for the day. Ulstad used his final stone to pop out two US rocks in the four foot to move on to the next round.

It was the fourth World meet for Shuster but his first skipping his own rink. He played lead on three Bemidji Pete Fenson national championship rinks earlier this decade. He also led Fenson’s rink at the 2006 Winter Olympics where the US won the bronze medal, its first ever.


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