"Impromptu, totally impromptu", third Marc Kennedy said. "Sometimes it's one draw".
Switzerland's Benoit Schwarz threw and all he could do was hope for the best. "It's a really f***ing hard game at this level, right?" Canada is aiming for its' fifth straight gold medal in the event.
Koe's rink will take on Switzerland in the bronze medal contest while Homan's foursome will return home with the dubious distinction of being the first Canadian team, men or women, to fail to win a medal since curling became part of the Olympic program at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games.
The Americans acknowledged they have another huge challenge on their hands against the Swedes.
In this game, Shuster was outstanding.
Said Shuster: "Knowing the work that we've done together and seeing my teammates be the best versions of themselves along with me being the best version of myself is really exhilarating".
Shuster, who is competing in this third Olympics, believes all the pressure will be squarely on Canada, which has won the last three Olympic gold medals in men's curling.
Koe and Canada will have to settle for a shot at bronze.
The sixth and seventh end were blanked, with Canada keeping the hammer. "We stuck with it and kept control of the game and made a ton of shots". The result was a steal of two for the Americans, and this game was basically over. "That's kind of what's frustrating".
"We got fooled a little by the ice". He also played in three Canadian Olympic trials, but the Ferbey Four never got curling's biggest dance.
"I am just very proud of how my team played", Roth said.
They won, and they're playing Sweden for the gold medal. They had a shot to tie it but Canadian skip Kevin Koe just couldn't quite pull off the shot.
Say what you will about Madhouse, but for my money, the Look Who's Talking series, and For Richer or Poorer, are films for which Alley need not hang her head. Skip John Shuster barely missed knocking a Canadian stone out of play that would have given the US four instead of one.
That about wraps up Thursday in South Korea for Canadian curling and hockey. Behind Shuster, the Americans advanced to face Sweden, the top-ranked team in the world, for gold in Saturday's final.
"I think it's overplayed that Canada's a favourite", he said. "We'll be coming for the Swiss". Anyone that's been watching the Grand Slams of Curling, we've got European teams winning all the time.
"It's definitely a good day for USA over Canada", added coach Phill Drobnick.