The US rink skipped by John Shuster returned to the ice Sunday morning however was defeated 7-6 by Switzerland within the first playoff spherical to finish their run on the 2021 World Championships in Calgary, Alberta.
The playoff spherical, which was suspended for a day whereas curling and well being officers resolved a number of constructive coronavirus assessments from a number of groups, resumed Sunday morning and was nonetheless anticipated to conclude with simultaneous gold- and bronze-medal video games on Sunday evening.
One participant within the Sunday morning match had returned a constructive take a look at however was allowed to compete after a subsequent unfavorable take a look at and affirmation that the participant had been absolutely vaccinated for COVID-19 in his dwelling nation earlier than the match, based on match officers. Gamers wore face masks on the ice, which weren’t required earlier within the match.
The Swiss took the lead with three within the third finish. The American staff representing the Duluth Curling Membership of Shuster, Chris Plys, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner and alternate Colin Hufman, tied it 3-3 within the fifth and 5-5 within the eighth. Switzerland executed a triple-takeout shot to arrange a two-point lead within the ninth. Down 7-5, the U.S. had an opportunity to tie the sport another time, however managed just one within the final finish because the Swiss went on to face Sweden within the semifinals.
Regardless of the defeat, the U.S. staff’s qualification for the playoffs ensured a berth for an American staff on the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.