USA men get off to strong start at World Juniors
Christensen and her team of Elizabeth Busche, Anna Bauman and Sonja Bauman (all of Duluth, Minn.) fell to Switzerland's Melanie Barbezat rink in the morning session, 9-5, and to the Czech Republic in the evening draw to drop to 0-2 in the round robin standings.
In contrast, Stephen Dropkin and the American men opened strong with a convincing 9-2 win against Italy's Andrea Pilzer rink. Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.) and teammates Korey Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.), Thomas Howell (Brick, N.J.) and Derek Corbett (Rochester, N.Y.) got the on the scoreboard with a deuce and limited the Italians to a single in the second end. After that it was mostly USA doing the scoring. The Americans scored three in the third end and took a 5-2 lead into the break. After scoring three more points in the sixth end, the Dropkin rink, which is making its first World Juniors appearance, stole a single in the seventh and the game ended shortly thereafter as the U.S. earned the 9-2 win.
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