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CURLING: Fenson takes 3-6 record into final two games

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Pioneer Staff Report

BEIJING, China — The Pete Fenson rink will close its round robin schedule at the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championships with Wednesday’s late game against Norway and Thursday’s early-morning contest against Switzerland.

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Fenson and his Team USA teammates took a 3-6 record into ithe final two games and was not in contention for the page playoffs which begin Friday. Norway owned an 8-1 record prior to its game against Team USA and already qualified for the playoffs. Japan also was in solid position to gain the playoffs as it had a 7-2 record after nine games. Canada and Switzerland were 6-3 while China and Sweden stood at 5-4.

Germany and the Czech Republic had 4-5 records while Scotland joined Team USA at 3-6. Trailing the leaders were Denmark at 2-7 and Russia at 1-8.

In Wednesday’s action Fenson lost 8-4 to China but bounced back to spill Denmark 6-5 in 11 ends.

Denmark bolted to a 3-0 lead with a pair in the first end and a steal in the third. Fenson scored one in the fifth and stole another in the sixth to draw within 3-2 and, after each team added one more point, Denmark owned a 4-3 advantage until Fenson scored a pair in the ninth.

Denmark used the hammer to tie the game with one in the 10th but Team USA notched the game-winner in the 11th end when Fenson converted a takeout shot.

Beijing, China

All Times CDT

Standings

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

Tuesday’s Late Games

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

Wednesday’s Games

Switzerland 8, Sweden 6; Scotland 7, Russia 5; Czech 8, Germany 4; China 8, USA 5

Japan 8, Germany 7; USA 6, Denmark 5, 11 ends; Sweden 6, Canada 2; Norway 11, Russia 2

Wednesday’s Late Games

USA vs. Norway; Germany vs. Canada; Denmark vs. Russia; Sweden vs. Japan

Thursday’s Games

1 a.m.: Scotland vs. Canada; Norway vs. Switzerland; Japan vs. China; Czech vs. Denmark

6 a.m.: Russia vs. Czech; China vs. Sweden; Switzerland vs. USA; Scotland vs. Germany

End of round robin

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