MOUAT’S MEN LOSE OUT TO USA’S OLYMPIC CHAMPS AT WORLDS
Team Mouat had another tight game at the World Curling Championships in Lethbridge and lost out 9-8 to USA’s Olympic Champions Team Shuster. It was their third successive loss despite another strong performance from the Scots and skip Bruce Mouat acknowledged that they need a win to start building momentum for their campaign.
“It was tough, we lost the game when we felt we should have been winning it,” said Mouat.
“We are all playing well enough to win these games, it is just that we are not getting all the breaks so far. We need to start getting those key shots in better positions really, it is just coming down to fine margins. At these world champs there are a lot of good teams and you have to be able to play these shots at the key moments. We just need to start doing that to start winning these games.”
The momentum then looked to have shifted when John Shuster clipped a guard with his final stone at the ninth to let Mouat draw for a three and regain the lead heading down the last. However, the Americans worked two stones into scoring positions and covered the angles so well that their skip did not require to play his final shot when Mouat’s attempt at a promotion narrowly failed.
Scotland have a two game day today, first facing current World Champions Team Edin from Sweden, who they beat to become European Champions in November and then taking on Korea who have yet to win a match.
“It will be a good game against Sweden and we will be looking to bring the performance we had against them at the European final and we will be right up there,” said Mouat.
“It is an important one for us to build momentum. We are going to come out firing to set us up for later in the week, so it is a big one for us.”.
Results: 1W 3L
Scotland v Russia 8-2
Scotland v Switzerland 4-5
Scotland v Netherlands 4-5
Scotland v USA 8-9
Scotland v Sweden
Scotland v Korea
Photos © WCF / Jeffrey Au & Michael Burns