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Curling: Fenson rink finishes 3-8 at World Championships

BEIJING, China -- The Pete Fenson rink of Bemidji finished 3-8 at the World Men’s Curling Championships and did not qualify for the four-team page playoffs.

On Thursday the team dropped its final two games of the round robin, falling 6-4 to Norway and 8-5 to Switzerland.

“Without picking out one particular component of why things didn’t go well, we started the season prepping the year for great success,” Fenson told USA Curling. “We didn’t have a great Tour season but we were prepping and getting ready for the Trials. We played good at the Trials and things kind of went stale and we lost. But we kept going, we didn’t really waiver.

“We win the Nationals and we’re playing great there and we were excited about coming in here and having a shot at this thing again. We worked so hard to get back and I don’t feel like it is ending where we want it,” Fenson added.

Norway won the round robin with a 10-1 record and will face Canada in the 1 vs. 2 page playoff game on Friday. Canada claimed second with an 8-3 record.

Switzerland compiled a 7-4 record in the round robin and captured third place. Also at 7-4 were Japan and Sweden and those two rinks will square off in a tie-breaker for fourth place and the final playoff position.

The semifinal and bronze medal games will be played on Saturday and the championship game will be on Sunday.

Fenson’s rink had a slow start at the tournament and never was able to gain any momentum.

“We were in a good spot mentally and physically throwing the rock and we get here and struggle the first day,” Fenson told USA Curling. “We lose a tough one (9-7 to Czech Republic) and then play Sweden (an 8-6 loss) and they played great so we’re starting off 0-2.

“We tried to figure out the ice and what we could do to concentrate on the positives. We tried to play every game as well as we could and hang as many ‘Ws’ on the board as we can and hope it’s enough at the end. We had three or four last-rock games that we lost, maybe more than that.”

In the 8-5 loss to Switzerland Fenson fell behind 5-2 after six ends but drew within 7-5 with a pair in the ninth. Switzerland, however, used the hammer in the 10th end to counter a pair of Fenson’s potential scoring rocks.

2014 Men’s World Curling Championships

Beijing, China

Final Standings

Norway 10-1, Canada 8-3, Switzerland 7-4, Japan 7-4, Sweden 7-4, China 6-5, Czech Republic 6-5, Germany 5-6, USA 3-8, Scotland 3-8, Russia 2-9, Denmark 2-9

Wednesday’s Late Games

Canada 11, Germany 5; Sweden 11, Japan 4; Norway 6, USA 4; Russia 6, Denmark 4

Thursday’s Games

Czech 8, Denmark 7; China 7, Japan 4; Canada 7, Scotland 5; Norway 7, Switzerland 6

Germany 10, Scotland 3; Czech 10, Russia 6; Sweden 6, China 5; Switzerland 8, USA 5

Thursday’s Late Tiebreaker

Japan vs. Sweden

Friday’s Page Playoffs

Norway vs. Canada; Switzerland vs. Japan/Sweden winner

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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