BRITISH COLUMBIA

Team North America stretches lead over World at Continental Cup curling

01/11/2013 04:18 EST | Updated 03/13/2013 05:12 EDT
PENTICTON, B.C. - North America won four of the six singles matches against Team World to stretch its lead Friday at the World Financial Group Continental Cup.

The home team in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup claimed a 10.5-7.5 lead in the competition. A total of 60 points are up for grabs, with the first team past 30.5 points claiming the WFG Continental Cup.

“We do feel good,” said North America captain Kelley Law of Coquitlam, B.C. “We had a great night last night (with North American men’s teams winning of three games), and then again this morning (when the North American women’s teams claimed 2.5 of the three available points), and then we came out on top in singles, so that was awesome.

"The energy in the locker-room is great, and the teams out there have bounce in their step.”

The singles portion sees players throw a series of skill-testing shots with points awarded based on the end result of the shot.

Edmonton's Heather Nedohin was a 17-11 winner over Scotland’s Eve Muirhead, while American Allison Pottinger defeated Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson 18-13. Mirjam Ott of Switzerland beat Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones 18-11.

In the men’s games, Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont., was a 22-17 winner over Thomas Ulsrud of Norway; Edmonton’s Kevin Martin defeated Sweden's Niklas Edin 17-13; and Scotland's Tom Brewster won 14-8 over Heath McCormick of New York.

Earlier in the day, North America claimed 2.5 of a possible three points as Jones bested Ott 6-5 and Nedohin tied Sigfridsson 4-4 in women's team play.

Pottinger's U.S. championship team set the tone in the morning draw with a 9-4 win over Muirhead.

The event continues Friday night with men's team games.

The winning side receives $52,000 ($2,000 per member, including captain and coach), while the losing side gets $26,000 ($1,000 per member, including captain and coach). As well, the side that generates the highest point total in Sunday's six skins games will receive an additional $13,000.

Each side has won four Continental Cups.