UPDATED: MEN'S CURLING: U.S. downs winless Germany, but loses to Russia on last stone
SOCHI, Russia -- The John Shuster rink of the United States earned its second victory early Friday with an 8-5 win over Germany at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, but fell to Russia 7-6 in the late match.
The U.S. team dominated the Germans, according to USA Curling, twice scoring four points in an end.
Against Russia the U.S. team narrowly lost. Shuster's final stone of the 10th end was just a hair too far, according to USA Curling.
"I had been trying to call the guys off (of sweeping) for about five seconds,” Shuster said. It just needed to curl about a quarter-inch more. If we didn't sweep it that would have made all the difference.”
Russia, with Alexey Stukalskiy throwing last rocks, controlled the first few ends of the game - grabbing an early deuce and then stealing the third end to take a 3-0 lead.
The U.S. eventually battled back to tie and the score was tied 6-6 heading into the final end.
On the final throw of the end, the Russians had a stone on the button but Schuster’s stone didn’t knock it off far enough for the Americans to win, according to USA Curling.
Other U.S. team members are Jared Zezel, a BSU student from Hibbing, along with Jeff Isaacson of Gilbert, and John Landsteiner, who along with Shuster hails from Duluth.
The men fall to 2-4 in the tournament and have three games remaining -- against Sweden, Canada and Switzerland. The four teams with the best records advance to the semifinals.