USA defeats Germany to earn second win
With Germany's Melanie Robillard rink threatening to steal the win, USA skip Allison Pottinger unloaded her most important shot of the week so far when she executed a perfect rub on her own stone into the four-foot.
"They were sitting two so we had to feather that rock just a little bit. That's why there was so much 'yes, no, yes no' because if we hit too much of it straight back and not enough of it sideways," said Team USA vice skip Nicole Joraanstad. "When I saw it after I was pretty sure we were one, but it's always good to measure when it's close."
The win improves Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.), Joraanstad (Verona, Wis.), Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.) and Tabitha Peterson (Eagan, Minn.) to 2-4 in the 11-game round robin standings, which at this point puts Team USA in a five-way tie for eighth place.
"I mean, have you seen? Every game out there is coming down to the last end. I feel like every team is right in the mix this week. So, definitely. We just have to roll off some wins. We know we put ourselves behind the eight-ball, but we just need to roll off some wins and let the chips fall as they may," Pottinger said when asked if her team was still in the competition.
To read the complete press release, click on the PDF below. After an unexpected 0-4 start, the U.S. has now won two in a row.