2011 United States Men's Curling Championship

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2011 United States
Men's Curling Championship
2011 United States  Men's Curling Championship
Host city Fargo, North Dakota
Arena Scheels Arena
Dates February 12–19, 2011
Winner Minnesota Pete Fenson
Curling club Bemidji CC, Bemidji, Minnesota
Skip Pete Fenson
Third Shawn Rojeski
Second Joe Polo
Lead Ryan Brunt
Finalist Minnesota Tyler George
2011 United States
National Curling Championships
Tournament
men  women
Qualifiers
men  women

The 2011 United States Men's Curling Championship took place on February 12–19 at the Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota. It was held in conjunction with the 2011 United States Women's Curling Championship. After a win over the Tyler George rink, Pete Fenson and his team became champions for the second consecutive time. They represented the United States at the 2011 World Championships in Regina, Saskatchewan, finishing in 10th place after an unfortunate series of close losses dropped their win-loss record to 3-8. It is the worst finish by an American men's team at the world championships to date.

Road to the Nationals[edit]

Teams qualified for the men's nationals in one of two ways. Two teams automatically qualified as the top two US teams on the Order of Merit list after the Curl Mesabi Cash Spiel is completed. This year, those two teams are the Pete Fenson and Tyler George rinks.[1]

The remaining eight spots for the nationals were awarded to the top finishers in the regional qualifiers and challenge rounds. Five teams qualified from the qualifiers round, where each qualified site received one or more qualifying spots. The other three spots went to the winners of the challenge round.[2]

Men's Nationals[edit]

Teams[edit]

Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Locale Qualification Method
Pete Fenson Shawn Rojeski Joe Polo Ryan Brunt Minnesota Bemidji Top 1 US Order of Merit[1]
Tyler George Christopher Plys Rich Ruohonen Phill Drobnick Minnesota Eveleth Top 2 US Order of Merit[1]
Craig Brown John Shuster Greg Johnson Derrick Casper Jeremiah Dotlich Wisconsin Madison Medford Qualifier
Geoff Goodland Pete Westberg Tim Solin Ken Olson Tim Jeanetta Wisconsin Eau Claire Medford Qualifier
Craig Disher Kevin Kakela Chad Carlson Pete Annis John Benton North Dakota Rolla Bismarck Qualifier
Jason Larway Colin Hufman Sean Beighton Joel Larway Washington (state) Seattle Bismarck Qualifier
Heath McCormick Bill Stopera Martin Sather Dean Gemmell New York Rochester Rochester Qualifier
Todd Birr Greg Romaniuk Doug Pottinger Tom O'Connor Kevin Birr Minnesota Mankato Challenge Round
Zach Jacobson Kevin Deeren Zane Jacobson Kraig Deeren Mike Farbelow North Dakota Langdon Challenge Round
Matt Hamilton Jeremy Roe Joseph Bonfoey Patrick Roe Paul Pustovar Wisconsin Madison Challenge Round

Standings[edit]

Through Draw 9

Team (Skip) W L PF PA Ends Won Ends Lost Blank Ends Stolen Ends
Minnesota Pete Fenson 9 0 72 42 44 32 1 17
Minnesota Tyler George 7 2 68 53 35 32 7 3
Minnesota Todd Birr 6 3 71 49 42 29 1 16
New York Heath McCormick 6 3 61 42 34 34 3 8
North Dakota Zach Jacobson 5 4 52 53 29 39 9 3
Wisconsin Craig Brown 4 5 61 59 38 35 3 9
Wisconsin Matt Hamilton 3 6 53 63 35 39 6 8
North Dakota Craig Disher 2 7 45 64 32 35 5 9
Washington (state) Jason Larway 2 7 48 70 27 35 2 5
Wisconsin Geoff Goodland 1 8 44 70 35 42 5 7

Round Robin[edit]

All times listed in Central Standard Time.

Draw 1[edit]

Saturday, February 12, 8:30 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Wisconsin Matt Hamilton Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 7
Wisconsin Craig Brown 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 6
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Craig Disher Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 X 9
Washington (state) Jason Larway 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 X 4
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 8
North Dakota Zach Jacobson 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 3 10
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 6
Wisconsin Geoff Goodland Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York Heath McCormick 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 6
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5

Draw 2[edit]

Sunday, February 13, 12:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 7
North Dakota Zach Jacobson 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 6
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York Heath McCormick 0 2 0 0 4 0 1 0 2 X 9
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 X 6
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Geoff Goodland Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 X X 6
Washington (state) Jason Larway 0 1 0 6 0 3 0 3 X X 13
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 4 X X 7
North Dakota Craig Disher Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 X X 2
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 3 1 1 X X X 8
Wisconsin Matt Hamilton 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 X X X 2

Draw 3[edit]

Sunday, February 13, 8:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 X 7
Washington (state) Jason Larway Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 X 4
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Zach Jacobson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 X 2
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 X 6
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Craig Disher Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 X X X 4
Minnesota Tyler George 0 0 2 0 5 0 2 X X X 9
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York Heath McCormick 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 X 5
Wisconsin Matt Hamilton Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 3 X 8
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Geoff Goodland Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 5
Wisconsin Craig Brown 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 6

Draw 4[edit]

Monday, February 14, 12:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 X 8
North Dakota Craig Disher 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 X 6
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Matt Hamilton 0 2 1 0 3 0 2 2 0 X 10
Wisconsin Geoff Goodland Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 X 6
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York Heath McCormick 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 X 4
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 2 3 X 9
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Zach Jacobson 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 X 7
Washington (state) Jason Larway Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 X 5
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Tyler George 0 3 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 X 9
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 5

Draw 5[edit]

Monday, February 14, 8:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Geoff Goodland Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 1 0 0 0 X X X X 1
Minnesota Todd Birr 2 1 0 2 2 1 X X X X 8
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 7
North Dakota Craig Disher Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 5
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Zach Jacobson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 0 0 4 0 1 0 X X X 8
Wisconsin Matt Hamilton 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 X X X 3
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Wisconsin Craig Brown 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 7
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 8
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Jason Larway 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 7
New York Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 4 0 3 11

Draw 6[edit]

Tuesday, February 15, 2:30 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Zach Jacobson 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 X X 2
New York Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 X X 6
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 6
Wisconsin Matt Hamilton 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Craig Brown 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 X X 5
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 2 0 2 3 X X 10
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Jason Larway 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 X X 4
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 3 3 0 0 1 1 0 X X 8
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Craig Disher Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 4
Wisconsin Geoff Goodland 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 6

Draw 7[edit]

Wednesday, February 16, 8:00 am

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Jason Larway Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 7
Wisconsin Matt Hamilton 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 5
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 2 1 3 0 1 X X 9
North Dakota Zach Jacobson 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 X X 4
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Minnesota Tyler George 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 1 8
Wisconsin Geoff Goodland Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 7
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Craig Disher Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 0 X X X X X X 2
New York Heath McCormick 0 5 1 3 X X X X X X 9
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 2 1 0 8
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 3 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 9

Draw 8[edit]

Wednesday, February 16, 4:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 4 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 X 10
Minnesota Tyler George 0 2 1 0 3 0 1 1 0 X 8
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 4 0 3 0 X X X X 9
New York Heath McCormick 0 0 0 2 0 1 X X X X 3
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Matt Hamilton Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 7
North Dakota Craig Disher 0 2 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 9
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Geoff Goodland 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 5
North Dakota Zach Jacobson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 7
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 1 2 0 3 X X X X X 9
Washington (state) Jason Larway 0 0 0 1 0 X X X X X 1

Draw 9[edit]

Thursday, February 17, 8:00 am

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 X 8
Wisconsin Geoff Goodland 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 X 4
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Jason Larway 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 X X X 3
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 2 3 0 2 X X X 8
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 1 1 1 0 0 4 0 2 X 9
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 X 5
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Matt Hamilton Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 6
Minnesota Todd Birr 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 8
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Zach Jacobson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 X 6
North Dakota Craig Disher 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 X 4

Playoffs[edit]

  Page playoff system Semifinal Final
                           
1  Minnesota Pete Fenson 11  
2  Minnesota Tyler George 7         1  Minnesota Pete Fenson 6
      2  Minnesota Tyler George 8   2  Minnesota Tyler George 5
  3  Minnesota Todd Birr 7  
3  Minnesota Todd Birr 9
4  New York Heath McCormick 5  

1 vs. 2 Game[edit]

Friday, February 18, 12:00 pm

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 2 0 4 1 0 1 0 3 11
Minnesota Tyler George 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 7

3 vs. 4 Game[edit]

Friday, February 18, 12:00 pm

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 1 0 3 2 0 1 X 9
New York Heath McCormick 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 X 5

Semifinal[edit]

Friday, February 18, 8:00 pm

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 8
Minnesota Todd Birr 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 7

Championship Final[edit]

Saturday, February 19, 3:00 pm

Fenson opened up the final of the men's championship with a draw against two to barely secure shot rock, scoring a single in the first end. George came back with a draw for three after Fenson threw a draw too heavy, taking an early lead after the third. Fenson responded with a hit and stick shot to score a deuce, and George drew to the button for a single in the fifth. After the break, Fenson blanked two ends before a heavy draw in the eighth left him with only one point, tying the game. Fenson forced George to take a single in the ninth end, giving George the lead, but Fenson tied the game in the final end with a takeout. In the extra end, Fenson drew to the eight-foot circle with his last stone, and George's hammer stone crashed on a rock in the top twelve-foot, leaving Fenson a steal of one point and the win.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 6
Minnesota Tyler George 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5

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