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Monday at the US Curling Nationals

Neither snow nor ice nor a wimpy Winter Storm could keep the third day of action at the Curling National Championships from happening in Aston, PA at the IceWorks Complex.

Noon Session – Women’s Draw #4

A meeting of two of the remaining unbeaten sides heading into Monday, Nina Spatola’s rink pounced all over Team Alex Carlson, posting 12-4 victory in convincing fashion.  Spatola’s third, Becca Hamilton, and lead, Sophie Brorson, each shot over 90% to pace the St. Paul, Minnesota side and become the first team to go to 4-0.

Allison Pottinger’s team would also go to 4-0 in the early session, turning back a short-handed Team Gabrielle Coleman 9-5.  With Coleman out and no alternate travelling with the squad, veteran Maureen Stolt skipped a three-woman rink to a gutsy performance against the number one seeded team.

Cassie Potter evened her team’s record up with a 9-3 win over team Sarah Anderson.  The local rink played solid, but with Potter’s second, Jackie Lemke, and third, Jamie Haskell, shooting 96% and 95% respectively, the match was never really in doubt.

In a matchup featuring a sibling duel, Team Courtney George scored four in the seventh and then stole four in the eight end to defeat three-woman Team Caitlin Maroldo 11-4.  Both Walker sisters shot well for their respective teams, with the elder sibling, Monica, shooting 90% for team George, while Emily shot 89% for Maroldo in defeat while doing double duty.

The most exciting match of the morning session was between two teams looking for their first win.  Down 10-6 after seven ends, Abigayle Lindgren’s rink scored 2 in the eighth end, and was sitting with a possible three points in the final end with opposing skip Amy Lou Anderson needing to find a way to secure the win.  Anderson’s shot missed everything, giving the North Dakota based rink an 11-10 victory.

4pm Session – Men’s Draw #4

The only Men’s session of the day saw four of the five games go down to the final end, with the only exception being that of Team John Shuster, who fell in eight ends to Team Tyler George, 8-5.  Shuster’s inconsistent performance hindered his rink again, as he shot 66% while the other seven players, teammates and foe alike, shot over 80%.

Most exciting match of the session went to Pete Fenson’s 7-6 win over Heath McCormick.  After trading points back and forth for the match, McCormick was able to take a 6-5 lead after nine ends; the Duluth, MN rink tried to blank the ninth in order to take the hammer into the tenth to prevent the former Olympian from winning the game.  The two points they scored in the ninth gave Fenson the hammer, and they were able to get the final two points to go to 3-1.

Paul Pustovar picked up his first win on a dramatic tenth end steal, as his rink defeated Team Alex Leichter 6-5.  The win for Pustovar and Joe Bonfoey’s rink from Duluth did not shoot well, with all four players shooting in the mid-60’s, but a win is a win.

Team Peter Stolt went to 3-1 as well, as they picked up a 6-5 win over Eric Fenson’s Rink.  Stolt built up a 4-1 lead and then held on for the win.  Finally, defending champion Team Brady Clark shot 89% as a team in an easy victory 7-3 over Madison Wisconsin’s Craig Brown.