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Curling: Shuster rink wins first match at Continental Cup

John Shuster and his Duluth Curling Club team won the lone point for Team North America during the morning round Thursday at the Continental Cup of Curling in London, Ontario.

Shuster and Tyler George (Duluth), Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) and John Landsteiner (Duluth) defeated Team World's Niklas Edin rink, 9-5, fueled by two big scoring ends.

"Anytime you can get a win against the No. 1 team in the world is definitely good for your confidence — and to do it in convincing fashion is definitely good for our psyche heading into the Olympics," said Shuster, a 35-year-old Chisholm native and Superior resident, who will make his fourth Winter Games appearance next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea. "If we can play well and beat one of the top teams in the world, we feel we can beat anyone."

Canadian rinks skipped by Rachel Homan and Michelle Englot suffered losses in women's team competition to Team World, which took two out of the three mixed doubles matches.

In the evening women's matches, Nina Roth and the U.S. Olympic women's squad had a bit of bad luck that resulted in a late steal by Japan's Satsuki Fujisawa in a 7-5 loss. Roth's team includes Duluthian Aileen Geving.

There are point values assigned to each match, with a total of 60 points available, meaning the first side to hit 30.5 points wins the Continental Cup.

Team World leads 5-4 after the opening day.