2012 United States Men's Curling Championship

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2012 United States Men's Curling Championship
2012 United States Men's Curling Championship
Host city Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Arena IceWorks Skating Complex
Dates February 11–18
Winner New York Heath McCormick
Curling club Ardlsey CC, Irvington, New York
Skip Heath McCormick
Third William Stopera
Second Martin Sather
Lead Dean Gemmell
Finalist Minnesota Pete Fenson
2012 United States
National Curling Championships
Tournament
men  women
Qualifiers
men  women

The 2012 United States Men's Curling Championship took place from February 11 to 18 at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1][2] It was held in conjunction with the 2012 United States Women's Curling Championship. The winning team, skipped by Heath McCormick, will represent the United States at the 2012 Capital One World Men's Curling Championship in Basel, Switzerland. The first and second placed teams, skipped respectively by Heath McCormick and Pete Fenson, earned qualification spots to the 2014 United States Olympic Curling Trials, which will determine the teams that will represent the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[3]

Road to the Nationals[edit]

As with last year, teams qualified for the men's nationals by qualifying automatically through the World Curling Tour Order of Merit, through regional qualifiers, or through a challenge round. Two teams qualified via the Order of Merit, five teams qualified through the regional qualifiers, and the remaining three teams qualified through the challenge round.[4] The regional qualifiers in Green Bay, Seattle, Grand Forks, and Laurel each received one or more qualifying spots, which were awarded to the top finishers from the qualifiers. Teams that were not awarded a qualification spot but were top finishers were invited to the challenge round, where the top three teams qualified.

The Pete Fenson rink stood as an exception to the preceding rules. Since Fenson and his team were scheduled to represent the United States in the 2012 USA-Brazil Challenge, which was cancelled, they received an automatic berth into the nationals, regardless of their Order of Merit standing. Because they were not one of the top two Order of Merit teams, the Fenson rink participated as the eleventh team in the nationals.[4]

Teams[edit]

There will be eleven teams participating in this year's national championship, one more team than usual, due to the Fenson rink's scheduled participation in the USA-Brazil Challenge.[4] The teams are listed as follows:[5]

Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Locale Qualification Method
Pete Fenson Shawn Rojeski Joe Polo Ryan Brunt Minnesota Bemidji, Minnesota Special Exemption
Tyler George Christopher Plys Rich Ruohonen Colin Hufman Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota Order of Merit[6]
Craig Brown Kroy Nernberger Matt Hamilton Derrick Casper Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin Order of Merit[6]
Heath McCormick William Stopera Martin Sather Dean Gemmell New York New York, New York Laurel Qualifier
Brady Clark Darren Lehto Leon Romaniuk Steve Lundeen Wes Johnson Washington (state) Seattle, Washington Seattle Qualifier
John Shuster Zach Jacobson Jared Zezel John Landsteiner Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota Grand Forks Qualifier
Owen Sampson Ned Sampson Tucker Smith Kyle Young North Dakota Edmore, North Dakota Grand Forks Qualifier
Blake Morton Marcus Fonger Tommy Juszczyk Calvin Weber Wisconsin McFarland, Wisconsin Green Bay Qualifier
Eric Fenson Trevor Andrews Quentin Way Mark Lazar Minnesota Bemidji, Minnesota Challenge Round
Mike Farbelow Kevin Deeren Kraig Deeren Timothy Solin Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Challenge Round
Todd Birr Greg Romaniuk Doug Pottinger Thomas O'Connor Kevin Birr Minnesota Mankato, Minnesota Challenge Round

Round Robin Standings[edit]

Final Round Robin Standings

Skip W L PF PA Ends Won Ends Lost Blank Ends Stolen Ends
New York Heath McCormick 10 0 82 52 52 34 4 24
Minnesota Pete Fenson 9 1 73 39 43 34 8 11
Wisconsin Craig Brown 7 3 76 55 45 38 8 11
Minnesota John Shuster 6 4 75 57 45 41 6 13
Washington (state) Brady Clark 5 5 62 66 39 45 12 9
Minnesota Todd Birr 4 6 68 74 43 48 7 5
Minnesota Tyler George 4 6 68 65 43 42 6 11
Minnesota Mike Farbelow 4 6 52 66 37 42 9 5
Minnesota Eric Fenson 3 7 47 66 32 43 9 7
North Dakota Owen Sampson 2 7 48 70 39 42 7 12
Wisconsin Blake Morton 1 9 42 73 36 46 6 12

Round Robin Results[edit]

All times listed in Eastern Standard Time.[7]

Draw 1[edit]

Saturday, February 11, 8:30 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 6
Minnesota John Shuster 0 2 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 2 9
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Blake Morton 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 X X X 2
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 0 2 1 1 0 2 X X X 9
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Brady Clark 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 6
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 2 8
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 1 0 2 1 0 2 X X X 9
Minnesota Eric Fenson 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 X X X 3
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 1 1 2 0 3 X X X 9
Minnesota Mike Farbelow 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 X X X 2

Draw 2[edit]

Sunday, February 12, 12:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Blake Morton 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 X 4
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 2 0 1 2 0 1 X 8
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Mike Farbelow 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 6
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 2 0 2 1 0 1 0 3 X 9
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 X 5
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Shuster 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 6
New York Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 8
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 1 X X 7
Washington (state) Brady Clark Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 X X 2

Draw 3[edit]

Sunday, February 12, 8:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 6
New York Heath McCormick 0 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 7
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 X 7
Wisconsin Blake Morton Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 X 4
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Shuster 0 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 3 X 10
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 X 3
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 X X 3
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 4 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 X X 8
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4
Minnesota Eric Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 6

Draw 4[edit]

Monday, February 13, 12:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Shuster 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 5
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 3 8
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Craig Brown 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 2 8
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 7
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Blake Morton 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 4
Minnesota Eric Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 5
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Brady Clark Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 1 X X 5
Minnesota Tyler George 1 0 3 1 2 0 2 0 X X 9
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 X 3
New York Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 X 7

Draw 5[edit]

Monday, February 13, 8:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 6
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 10
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Brady Clark Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 5
Minnesota John Shuster 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 1 1 9
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York Heath McCormick 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 7
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 6
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 1 0 3 0 3 0 1 X X 10
Wisconsin Blake Morton 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 X X 5
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Eric Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 X X 5
Wisconsin Craig Brown 0 3 0 1 2 0 3 2 X X 11

Draw 6[edit]

Tuesday, February 14, 8:00 am

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York Heath McCormick 1 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 8
Washington (state) Brady Clark Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 1 0 6
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Tyler George Hammer (Last Stone First End) 4 0 1 4 0 0 0 2 X X 11
Minnesota Eric Fenson 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 X X 4
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 2 8
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 6
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 X X 4
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 2 X X 9
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Shuster Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 2 X X 7
Wisconsin Blake Morton 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X X 1

Draw 7[edit]

Tuesday, February 14, 4:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Mike Farbelow 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 X X 3
Minnesota Eric Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 3 1 0 0 1 0 4 1 X X 10
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 X 6
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 X 3
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 8
Wisconsin Blake Morton 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 5
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Tyler George 1 0 3 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 9
Minnesota John Shuster Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 1 8
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Washington (state) Brady Clark 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 7
North Dakota Owen Sampson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 5

Draw 8[edit]

Wednesday, February 15, 8:00 am

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota John Shuster Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 1 0 2 1 0 2 0 X X 8
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 X X 3
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Blake Morton 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 1 6
New York Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 7
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Eric Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 6
Washington (state) Brady Clark 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 3 9
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Craig Brown 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 5
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 1 7
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 X 6
Minnesota Tyler George 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 3

Draw 9[edit]

Wednesday, February 15, 4:00 pm

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 1 2 8
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Eric Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 4
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 1 6
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Minnesota Tyler George 0 2 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 8
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 2 10
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Blake Morton 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 5
Washington (state) Brady Clark Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 8
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 7
New York Heath McCormick 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 0 1 8

Draw 10[edit]

Thursday, February 16, 8:00 am

Sheet A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Owen Sampson 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 X 4
Wisconsin Blake Morton Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 X 6
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 X 6
Washington (state) Brady Clark Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 X 8
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 3 X 10
Minnesota John Shuster 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 X 5
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 1 1 3 2 X X X X X 9
Minnesota Eric Fenson 0 0 0 0 0 X X X X X 0
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Tyler George 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 4
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 6

Draw 11[edit]

Thursday, February 16, 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 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 X 8
Minnesota Tyler George 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 X 4
Sheet B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
North Dakota Owen Sampson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 2 1 0 X X X X X 3
Minnesota Pete Fenson 3 1 0 0 3 X X X X X 7
Sheet C 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Final
Minnesota Todd Birr Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 1 0 9
New York Heath McCormick 2 0 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 12
Sheet D 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Washington (state) Brady Clark 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 6
Minnesota Mike Farbelow Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 3
Sheet E 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Eric Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 X 4
Minnesota John Shuster 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 X 6

Playoffs[edit]

  Page playoff system Semifinal Final
                           
1  New York Heath McCormick 5  
2  Minnesota Pete Fenson 4         1  New York Heath McCormick 5
      2  Minnesota Pete Fenson 8   2  Minnesota Pete Fenson 4
  4  Minnesota John Shuster 5  
3  Wisconsin Craig Brown 5
4  Minnesota John Shuster 7  

1 vs. 2 Game[edit]

Friday, February 17, 12:00 pm

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4
Player Percentages
New York Heath McCormick Minnesota Pete Fenson
Dean Gemmell 83% Ryan Brunt 84%
Martin Sather 83% Joe Polo 88%
William Stopera 71% Shawn Rojeski 67%
Heath McCormick 82% Pete Fenson 76%
Total 80% Total 79%

3 vs. 4 Game[edit]

Friday, February 17, 12:00 pm

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Wisconsin Craig Brown Hammer (Last Stone First End) 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 5
Minnesota John Shuster 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 2 7
Player Percentages
Wisconsin Craig Brown Minnesota John Shuster
Derrick Casper 90% John Landsteiner 90%
Matt Hamilton 81% Jared Zezel 73%
Kroy Nernberger 62% Zach Jacobson 84%
Craig Brown 80% John Shuster 85%
Total 78% Total 83%

Semifinal[edit]

Friday, February 17, 8:00 pm

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
Minnesota Pete Fenson Hammer (Last Stone First End) 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 3 8
Minnesota John Shuster 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 5
Player Percentages
Minnesota Pete Fenson Minnesota John Shuster
Ryan Brunt 78% John Landsteiner 85%
Joe Polo 82% Jared Zezel 89%
Shawn Rojeski 69% Zach Jacobson 76%
Pete Fenson 82% John Shuster 77%
Total 78% Total 82%

Championship Final[edit]

Saturday, February 18, 3:00 pm

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Final
New York Heath McCormick Hammer (Last Stone First End) 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 5
Minnesota Pete Fenson 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4
Player Percentages
New York Heath McCormick Minnesota Pete Fenson
Dean Gemmell 78% Ryan Brunt 71%
Martin Sather 83% Joe Polo 89%
William Stopera 73% Shawn Rojeski 82%
Heath McCormick 74% Pete Fenson 73%
Total 77% Total 79%

References[edit]

External links[edit]