US Curling Power Rankings – December 20, 2016

Team Heath McCormick continue their domination of the American bonspiel circuit with a third title in three US-based World Curling Tour events, winning the Curl Mesabi Classic this past weekend. On the women’s side, former Olympian Cassie Potter’s rink clawed their way to the final in Eveleth following a year-to-date best 4-1 round-robin record. Elsewhere on the planet, Team Craig Brown came fourth at the Qinghai (China) International while Nina Roth’s foursome finished third in the women’s event. The results of this week’s action brings a shuffling to both the men’s and women’s rankings as we head into the holidays.

Men

  1. Heath McCormick – Champion at the Curl Mesabi Classic; beat #3 John Shuster in the final. (PW: 1)
  2. Craig Brown – Fourth place at the Qinghai International. (PW: 2)
  3. John Shuster – Finalist at Curl Mesabi. (PW: 5)
  4. Brady Clark – Made the round of 12 at Curl Mesabi; beat #6 Stephen Dropkin in round-robin play. (PW:3)
  5. Todd Birr – Made the round of 12 at Curl Mesabi; beat #4 Brady Clark and #6 Stephen Dropkin in round-robin play. (PW: 6)
  6. Stephen Dropkin – Missed playoffs at Curl Mesabi. (PW: 4)

Women

  1. Nina Roth – Third place at the Qinghai International. (PW: 2)
  2. Jamie Sinclair – Made playoffs at Curl Mesabi; beat #5 Jessica Schultz in round-robin play. (PW: 1)
  3. Cassie Potter – Finalist at Curl Mesabi; beat #2 Jamie Sinclair and #5 Jessica Schultz in round-robin play; beat Sinclair in the quarterfinals and #4 Cory Christensen in the semifinals. (PW: 5)
  4. Cory Christensen – Semifinalist at Curl Mesabi; beat #6 Cristin Clark in round-robin play. (PW: 3)
  5. Jessica Schultz – Missed playoffs at Curl Mesabi (PW: 4)
  6. Cristin Clark – Missed playoffs at Curl Mesabi (PW: 6)

A wrap-up of the first half of the 2016-2017 season will be posted later this week, so keep an eye out for it.

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