U.S. beat Canada earlier in day

Updated: April 5, 2005, 10:45 AM ET
Associated Press

VICTORIA, British Columbia -- The United States lost for the first time at the world curling championship, falling to Finland 7-5 in the last round of matches on Monday night.

Earlier, the Americans, led by skip Pete Fenson, rallied to defeat host Canada 8-7, after trailing 5-2 and 6-3.

Canada led 7-5 entering the 10th and final end, but the Americans scored three points when Canada's last shooter, Dave Nedohin, sailed his rock through the scoring area -- known as the house. Fenson did not need to take his final shot.

"That's a win we are going to cherish for a little while," Fenson said.

Markku Uusipaavalniemi's Finland team scored four points in the last four ends to hand the Americans their first loss.

The United States, Germany, Norway and Scotland are all tied for first with 4-1 records in round-robin play, which runs through Thursday.


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