Pyeongchang Olympics Curling

Matt Hamilton, center, looks towards the house as sister Becca shouts during their mixed doubles curling match against Canada on Thursday.

The final end couldn't have gone any worse for Becca and Matt Hamilton Friday morning, and the McFarland siblings dropped a second straight game in Olympic mixed doubles curling.

Switzerland's Jenny Perret and Martin Rios scored the maximum six points in the eighth end to rally past the United States team 9-4 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Combined with a 6-4 loss to Canada in Thursday's night session, the Hamiltons fell to 1-2 in the seven-game round robin that will determine four semifinalists.

The Americans led Switzerland 3-1 at the midway point but suffered from poor shot execution down the stretch.

"It's just a letdown to lose a game like this where we felt like we had 'em," Matt Hamilton said in a TV interview. "But oh well. Onto the next."

Perret and Rios scored one in the fifth end to cut the Hamiltons' lead to one, and they made a huge swing in the game in the sixth end.

The Americans used their power play in the sixth, meaning the two pre-placed stones are at the side of the house instead of in the middle. That usually opens up more opportunity for the team with last shot to score more than one point.

But it didn't line up that way. And when Becca Hamilton's draw to the button for the U.S. to settle for one point was heavy, the Swiss instead had a steal of a point and a 3-3 tie.

The U.S. had a chance for two points on Becca Hamilton's last shot of the seventh end, but it came up short and the Hamiltons took only a 4-3 lead to the eighth.

Using its power play, Switzerland (3-0) placed all of its stones in the circles and removed all of the Hamiltons' shots to complete the comeback.

Becca Hamilton shot 69 percent for the game, with Matt Hamilton at 88 percent.

"We just have to brush it off and come out sharper the next game," Becca Hamilton said.

The U.S. was scheduled to play host South Korea (1-2) later Friday (10:35 p.m. Thursday Madison time).


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.